Show Review & Photos: Bryan Ferry @ McCaw Hall

Bryan Ferry @ McCaw Hall, 4/6/14
Show Review & Photos by Dagmar

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Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry has one of those elegant and unique voices that’s really a national treasure for Great Britain. Ferry’s vocal ability and songwriting skills did earn him a CBE, so Queen Elizabeth II recognized his value. It’s always strange to know Her Royal Highness might listen to the same music, isn’t it? When I heard that Ferry would play an opera house, it just seemed right.

I’m a fan of Bryan Ferry, whether he’s a solo artist or as Roxy Music’s singer, and always wondered what it would be like to hear their music live. When you’ve listened to certain songs so many times, you can think about how it’s all going to match up. Will it sound just like the recording? Is it going to be changed so much you don’t even like, or recognize it? While Ferry stayed faithful to the songs in the set list, there was, what I thought at first, a speeding up of songs. I don’t think they were played faster, if so, only slightly. What was different for me was this strange sense of time and memory trying to sync up with how I felt listening to the music alone, as apposed to being in a room with other fans. We all brought different memories and associations with Ferry’s music. Better known songs “Love is the Drug” or “Avalon” probably had the most widespread effect on the audience, but for me it was also songs such as “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” and “Take a Chance With Me,” that left me especially stunned. To hear this music in an opera house, with opera sound quality? With a full band? Wow.

Ferry, dressed in a brocade blazer, evidenced the charm and suavity I hoped to see. Thank you, Bryan Ferry, for all your passionate talent and immediate, unearthly music.

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Bryan Ferry

Set list:

Re-Make/Re-Model
Kiss and Tell
Slave to Love
Ladytron
Same Old Blues
If There Is Something
Oh Yeah
Stronger Through the Years
More Than This
Avalon
Reason or Rhyme
Tara
Take a Chance with Me
In Every Dream Home a Heartache
Prairie Rose
Love Is the Drug
Both Ends Burning
Virginia Plain
Editions of You

Encore
Running Wild

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