Gig preview: Evening With Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry. Pic: Comp
Bryan Ferry. Pic: Comp
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HE’S a superstar and true musical icon; so much so that when Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry plays the Usher Hall tonight, he’ll have, not one, but two bands - his usual band and also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, with whom he released the highly acclaimed instrumental The Jazz Age album.

His first full tour in six years, Ferry is celebrating 40 years as a singer and songwriter and promises an eclectic selection of songs, chosen from across his career.

Fingers crossed then for the likes of Let’s Stick Together, Slave to Love, Dance With Life and Love Is The Drug - which featured earlier this year in the movie The Great Gatsby.

One of the most influential singers in the world today, Ferry loves playing the Capital - the last time he was here was to play a one-off gig at the Castle in 2011. As he told Evening News music columnist Gary Flockhart (read him every Friday) at the time: “I’ve had incredible audiences in Edinburgh. First time I ever wore a kilt was when I played here... I think it was the Playhouse, but I’m not sure. It must have been 1973 or 74, and we had these pipers on stage... wonderful show.

“We once played an outdoor gig here as well... what is it, Prince Gardens or something? Scotland’s always been great to us... always has been.”

An Evening With Bryan Ferry, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, tonight, 7pm, £36-£65, 0844-499 9990