Roxy Music live in Melbourne – March 3, 2011

On Thursday night Mrs I Heart Guitar and I went to the Roxy Music gig at Rod Laver Arena here in Melbourne. We don’t get to go to many concerts together – I’m a metalhead and she likes far classier music than involves far less shouting, skulls and demons – but occasionally our tastes overlap. Like Zappa, Steely Dan and David Bowie. The Roxy Music gig was great, with a balance of the rowdier, glammier moments that we live for, and the more poppy, radio-friendly early 80s fare that it seemed the rest of the audience was waiting for with folded arms. My buddy Joe Matera was also at the gig – he recently interviewed Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera for Guitar & Bass Magazine – and he was kind enough to let me accompany him backstage to say hi to Phil afterwards. Thanks Joe!

By the way, Manzanera used some great guitars during the gig, including his red Gibson Firebird, a 3-pickup Les Paul, and a Fender David Gilmour Stratocaster.

Here’s the setlist.

India (Tape, for walk on)
The Main Thing
Street Life
Pyjamarama
Prairie Rose
If There Is Something
More Than This
Jealous Guy
Like A Hurricane
2HB
In Every Dream home A Heartache
Tara
Bitter Sweet
To Turn You On
Same Old Scene
My Only Love
Virginia Plain
Love Is The Drug
Editions Of You
Do The Strand
Avalon
Let’s Stick Together
For Your Pleasure

If you’ve never really checked out Roxy Music before, might I suggest this, which I hold up there with Bowie doing ‘Oh You Pretty Things’ as one of the greatest things ever to happen in the early 70s.