Roxy Music heralds 40th bash with Montreux revival

Wed Jun 2, 2010 7:17am EDT
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By Jason Rhodes

ZURICH (Reuters Life!) - British art rockers Roxy Music are returning to the Montreux Jazz Festival after 37 years, as they lay special plans to mark their 40th anniversary next year.

The band celebrated its 30th birthday at the start of the millennium with its first tour in nearly two decades.

A possible new album and tour dates would make a fitting tribute to a group about to enter its fifth decade, guitarist Phil Manzanera and multi-instrumentalist Andy Mackay said in interviews.

"We have got something exciting planned," said Manzanera, who was born in London to a Colombian mother and British father and grew up in different parts of the Americas.

They started work on a new album five years ago, recording together with legendary producer Brian Eno, who left the band in 1973 to become a pioneer of electronic and ambient music.

Other commitments got in the way of completing it and could still determine whether the project is finished in time for the band's ruby anniversary.

"I'd like to finish off the Roxy stuff next year. I think that would be a nice way of doing some more recording, certainly of doing some more shows," said Mackay, known for crossing the stage in a Chuck Berry-style duck walk during sax solos.

"Really that's something you'd have to talk to Bryan about," said Mackay, referring to singer Bryan Ferry, a working class lad from England's northeast who created his own, distinctive lounge-lizard style. "He's been working very hard on a project of his own."   Continued...