Roxy Music frontman, Bryan Ferry cut a humble figure when he played a sold-out gig at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday night.

Renowned for his suave style, Ferry was clearly overwhelmed with the raucous reception he received from her legion of fans, both young and not so young when he took to the stage alongside a talented jazz outfit and two sassy backing singers (complete with glitzy Chicago-inspired dresses).

A mixed bag of his solo efforts, including his Jazz-inspired take on old favourites, including “The Way You Look Tonight”, a haunting version of traditional Irish ballad, “Carrickfergus” and the biggest hits of Roxy’s Music prolific career including, “Oh Yeah”, “Jealous Guy” and “Street Life” shaped the set.

The first half of Ferry’s showcase mirrored the man himself; a sophisticated, smooth, intimate affair where Ferry himself looked equally at ease when chatting or serenading his audience. However, the concluding half was a very different affair; a quick suit change for Ferry and he was ready and raring to deliver rousing versions of, “Let’s Stick Together”, “Love Is The Drug” and “Don’t Stop The Dance, whipping the crowd into a frenzy, shedding their seats and throwing a few questionable shapes (cue Dad dancing times a few thousand).

The audience themselves proved the beauty of live music with a mix of age groups equally enjoying Ferry’s back catalogue; the young possibly hearing some of the songs for the first time and inadvertantly being introduced to a whole new sound-scape of music and the mature crowd who appeared to be reliving the days of Roxy Music with as much enthusiasm and enjoyment as their 70s/80s heyday.

Bryan Ferry himself did not disappoint; age may have streaked his hair an agreeable shade of silver and wrinkled his once handsome good looks, but his voice has stood the test of time, sounding, on some songs, even better than the version stored forever on cassette or CD format.

A live celebration of sophistication, style and the glam rock/pop that soundtracked it; Bryan Ferry was one of the best gigs this city has seen in 2013.

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