The British avant-garde band which formed in the early 1970s has officially broken up.
It all began when Bryan Ferry, then a ceramics teacher, posted an advertisement calling for a keyboardist to join him and bassist Graham Simpson. The name Roxy was inspired by Ferry's love of film, and his desire to create a sense of drama, theater and glamor. Since there was a US band with that name, they settled on Roxy Music. Adam McKay replied to the ad and he later invited a college friend, Brian Eno, to join them.
They went through a series of guitarists and Phil Manzanera answered their ad, yet lost out to David O'List who Ferry knew from the prog rock band, The Nice. When O'List quit suddenly after an altercation with drummer Paul Thompson, Phil was asked to sit in. Luckily, he had secretly learned their entire set list and thus became David's permanent replacement. The fledgling band solidified and they could finally harvest their massive collective talent and blow people's minds. Which is just what they did.
Here is their first single, Virginia Plain, in 1972:
All is not lost for Roxy Music fans for several band members have a variety of projects in the works:
Bryan Ferry has a new album, Avonmore, coming out on November 17th, and his solo tours, where he plays Roxy Music songs, will continue.
Phil Manzanera has a couple of new albums coming next year and he co-produced Pink Floyd's new The Endless River album. He also plays in the solo band of David Gilmour and may tour with him.
There are also some great box sets of the first two albums coming out next year, according to Manzanera. "There's all sorts of things; extra [Brian] Eno ingredients and stuff. I'm very excited about it," he says.