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Bryan Ferry announces 2019 world tour celebrating Roxy Music's Avalon

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Bryan Ferry has announced the North American leg of his 2019 world tour celebrating Roxy Music’s iconic 1982 album Avalon. Coinciding with the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this March, the tour will feature Ferry performing songs off of that record, as well as his solo work and tunes from the Roxy Music songbook. The 73 year old sophisti-pop crooner just released his sixteenth studio LP, Bittersweet.

Avalon, released in May of 1982, was Roxy Music’s final record, and its most successful. Lead single “More Than This” became a top ten hit in Britain and Australia, and the album also features a sexy title track and “Take A Chance On Me.” Ferry explained in 1982 that he had wanted to do an album “where the songs are all bound together in the style of West Side Story, but it always seemed like too much bother to work that way.” Ferry instead took 10 poems that he thought could, with a little more work, be fashioned into a novel. “Avalon is part of the King Arthur legend, and is a very romantic thing. When King Arthur dies, the Queens ferry him off to Avalon, which is sort of an enchanted island. It’s the ultimate romantic fantasy place,” he said.

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In 1995, the Spin Alternative Record Guide called the smooth Avalon “one of the all-time great makeout infernos.” Ferry will kick off the tour, appropriately enough, on Valentine’s Day in South Africa, and wrap things up in Vancouver this September. A full list of dates is below.

Bryan Ferry Avalon tour 2019

2/14­­–Cape Town, South Africa–Grand Arena
2/16–Pretoria, South Africa–Time Square Arena
2/21–Perth, Australia –Kings Park & Botanic Garden
2/23–Yarra Valley, Australia–Rochford Wines
2/26–Melbourne, Australia–Margaret Court Arena
3/1–Sydney, Australia–ICC Sydney Theatre
3/3–Mount Cotton, Australia –Sirromet Wines
3/5–Wellington, New Zealand –TSB Arena
3/7–Auckland, New Zealand–Spark Arena
3/11–Osaka, Japan–Namba Hatch
3/13–Tokyo, Japan–Bunkamura Orchard Hall
5/20–Groningen, Netherlands–De Oosterpoort
5/22–Eindhoven, Netherlands–Muziekgebouw Frits Phillips
5/24–Amsterdam, Netherlands–Royal Theatre Carre
5/26–Frankfurt, Germany–Alte Oper
5/28–Essen, Germany–Theater Und Philharmonie Essen
5/30–Hamburg, Germany–Elbphilharmonie
6/1–Berlin, Germany–Tempodrom
6/3–Wroclaw, Poland–Narodowe Forum Muzyki
6/5–Prague, Czech Republic–Forum Karlin
6/7–Vienna, Austria–Stadthalle
6/9–Linz, Austria–Brucknerhaus
6/11–Munich, Germany–Circus Krone
6/13–Lucerne, Switzerland–KKL
6/15 –Brussels, Belgium–Palais des Beaux-Arts
6/–London, United Kingdom–Royal Albert Hall
6/20–Vejle, Denmark–Byparken Vejle
7/30–Toronto, Ontario–Sony Centre
8/1–Chicago, IL­–Chicago Theatre
8/3–Detroit, MI–Fox Theatre
8/5–Boston, MA–Boston Opera House
8/7–Port Chester, NY–Capitol Theater
8/9–New York, NY–United Palace Theater
8/11–Philadelphia, PA–The Met
8/13–Washington, DC–The Anthem
8/15–Atlanta, GA–Tabernacle
8/17–Nashville, TN–Ryman Auditorium
8/21–Dallas, TX–Majestic Theatre
8/23–Austin, TX–ACL Live at the Moody Theater
8/25–Denver, CO–Paramount Theatre
8/27–San Diego, CA–Copley Symphony Hall
8/29–Los Angeles, CA–Greek Theatre
8/31–Oakland, CA–Fox Theatre
9/3–Seattle, WA–Moore Theatre
9/5–Vancouver, British Columbia–Queen Elizabeth Theatre

[via Pitchfork] 

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