Review: Bryan Ferry live at the Beacon Theatre, NYC

Posted by The G on October 7, 2011 under G Reviews | 9 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry!  The legendary lead singer of Roxy Music played a sold out show at New York’s Beacon Theatre on October 6, 2011.  This was my first time seeing Bryan Ferry live and it was absolutely worth waiting for.  He looked great and sounded great.  His 2 hour set saw a generous sampling of hits throughout his career, both with and without Roxy Music and material from his latest album “Olympia” was prominently featured.  Several covers were played as well including three songs from Bob Dylan (don’t forget Bryan Ferry had a Bob Dylan covers album called “Dylan-esque”).

Love is the drug!

Bryan Ferry had a full band, great backup singers and dancers for a few of the songs!  Throughout the show, trippy projections were shown on the screen behind the band and Bryan Ferry played keyboards and harmonica on several of the songs.  There were many standing ovations throughout the show and deservedly so – as part of Roxy Music, he influenced the New Wave sound which shaped the music of the 1980s so greatly.  He played Roxy Music songs such as “Love Is the Drug,” “Avalon” and “The Main Thing” and from his solo career, he played “Kiss And Tell,” “Slave To Love” as well as his cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”

Let's Stick Together!

You missed out if you weren’t able to attend this show as Bryan Ferry was great and he doesn’t tour the US that often.  Hopefully he’ll be back soon.  I was fortunate enough to meet Bryan Ferry and he posed for a picture with me.  Unfortunately, I caught him in mid blink, but regardless I am so grateful for our meeting.  Thanks for a great day Bryan – one I won’t be forgetting any time soon.  See that photo as well as the set list after the jump.

Bryan Ferry and Geoffrey Dicker

Bryan Ferry and Geoffrey Dicker

The set list was:

The Main Thing (Roxy Music) / Slave To Love / Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan Cover) / Casanova (Roxy Music) /  If There Is Something (Roxy Music) / Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan Cover) / Boys and Girls / Kiss and Tell  / To Turn You On (Roxy Music) / Like a Hurricane (Neil Young Cover)

Intermission

Tara (Roxy Music) / Bitter Sweet (Roxy Music) / You Can Dance / Reason Or Rhyme / Avalon (Roxy Music) / My Only Love (Roxy Music)/ Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music ) /  All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan Cover) / Let’s Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison Cover)

Encore:

Jealous Guy (John Lennon Cover) / Hold On I’m Coming

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  • John Fonti said,

    My first opportunity to see Bryan Ferry at this seasoned moment in his career and was very pleased. Great set list, wonderful covers, sensational tight band, and overall, just an uplifting enjoyable show! I can comfortably speak for NYC in saying ‘Let’s have a few more shows at the Beacon Mr. Ferry.’

  • Gail said,

    I don’t recall him doing “Oh Yeah”?

  • jjazznola said,

    Wasn’t “To Turn You On” in there somewhere? I enjoyed the show. The crowd however was lame and boring. How can you sit through “You Can Dance”? I could have used an uptempo song or 2 at the end which he usually does. Bryan is getting up there, he seemed to be coasting through most of the show. Paul Thompson’s drums did not seem loud enough at times. Although I am a fan of Paul’s, I think Andy Newmark, who was drumming up until last week, handles some of Ferry’s music better. All in all it was like seeing old friends.

  • Gail said,

    @jjazznola – you’re right, he did do “To Turn You On.” I thought Paul’s drums sounded fantastic. I do wish Bryan had not retreated so often to a “behind the keyboard” position. I wanted to see him to up front rocking out!

  • jjazznola said,

    I believe this is what was played:
    The Main Thing (Roxy Music) / Slave To Love / Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan Cover) / Casanova (Roxy Music)/ If There Is Something (Roxy Music) / Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan Cover) / Boys and Girls / Kiss and Tell / To Turn You On (Roxy Music) / Like a Hurricane (Neil Young Cover)

    Intermission

    Tara (Roxy Music) / Bitter Sweet (Roxy Music) / You Can Dance / Reason or Rhyme / Avalon (Roxy Music) / My Only Love (Roxy Music) / Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music) / All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan Cover) / Let’s Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison Cover)

    Encore:

    Jealous Guy (John Lennon Cover) / Hold On I’m Coming (Sam & Dave cover)

  • The G said,

    Yes! I wasn’t taking the best notes. Set list has been fixed! Appreciate it!

  • Tubro said,

    Yes Bryan spent a lot of time behind the keyboards. No he’s not as young as he once was. Yes the crowd sat more than when I first saw roxy (palladium 1979). but none of that detracted from the beauty and majesty of this always suave and mature rock legend. his voice was great. his band was spot on. and while he may not do the strand or other roxy hard rockers, he chose a beautiful selection of songs spanning his career in roxy, as a solo, and as an interpreter of other people’s songs. the finish of love is the drug-watchtower-let’s stick together was a nice strong dancing finish. just a great show from a member of rock royalty

  • joey said,

    Can anyone tell me what time Mr. Ferry took the stage? I’m seeing him tonight in Chicago. There’s an opening band (Phenomenal Handclap Band), and my tickets say 7:30 PM.

    Just wondering how much time I have for dinner beforehand–not worrying about missing the opener.

    Thank you.

  • The G said,

    He went on around 9. The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band was the opening act. ENJOY!

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