To me De-Mont's still the best place in the entire world for live gigs,nostalgic sentimentality on my part yes,but 100% meant all the same.For me the fact that Bryan Ferry was returning to Leicester again,after my having seen him/Roxy there the very first time as a kid in 1973,was truly phenomenal & 'The Thrill of it All' indeed :) This was a very different show on all levels though,but not least of all because the man's now 68,WOW.....& Still to my mind the ultimate Sultan Of Suave! He was duly accompanied by the very twee sounding Bryan Ferry Orchestra,a little brass/percussion/singers X 2 combo nontheless & they did a fine job of warming us up very gently to the tunes of one or two Roxy Classics,like the incomparable,'Do The Strand','Avalon' and a couple of more gems.Then the Master of Cool sauntered on himself from the back leftside wings of the stage in only the way that Bryan Ferry ever could......Ultra Cool :) So the first half of the show was very pleasant indeed but made so much better with the arrival of the Feisty,Sexy Chic drummer Cherise Osei and the truly amazing young guitarist Oliver Thompson,both of which simply exploded the entire stage taking the show to a whole new level of excitement! So our whistles were truly whetted as Bryan & Co played one or two more classics with true gusto taking us to a midway break for drinks.The second half opened amusingly with to 2 amazing backing singers,Jodie and Bobbie,suitably dressed as 40's Flappers who danced a comical & Uber Camp set much to the audiences delight before the Chief Troubador returned to the stage once more to simply ROCK the places metaphorical socks off,& he Did!! Man the entire place just erupted into a total frenzy of wild,hand clapping cavorting,almost teen-like in their uncontrollable driven chaos,adoring fans & not one seat was left 'sat on' in the whole place,upstairs & down,Health & Safety rules totally out the window at this point (I reckon the hall managers face was a treat to see at this point as he/she looked on in dismay wondering when something would happen resulting in casualties!) & it was Pure Roxy at it's Very Best through which young Olivers guitar playing and Cherise's Impeccable drumming just made it a Total Dream on every level there was! He mellowed down a little mid set to once again woo the smitten audience with Jealous Guy,& it's now signature-like haunting whistling finish,before banging it all up again Bigtime with old faves like Love Is The Drug,Both Ends Burning,Street Life & Dance Away.....which we all continued to do happily :) Editions Of You brought the entire show to a magical finish so we all left happy,sweating like old pigs,but elated all the same.A marked change,which struck me as we left the place,was that their all time Classic Roxy signature tune 'Virginia Plain' hadn't made an appearance at all,but ya know what,it really didn't matter one bit as it had been gracefully 'put aside' to let it's newer brother/sister songs take centre stage with equal aplomb to truly give us 'The Thrill Of It All' on this magical musical evening second to none :)
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