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Love was the drug for Bryan's Avalon fans

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: August 14, 2013

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WHEN you put one of the coolest singers in the country into one of the coolest venues, you can't go wrong.

Bryan Ferry had an affinity with the real Avalon at the Glastonbury Extravaganza on Sunday night – just as he did 30 years ago when he named one of his band Roxy Music's most successful albums after the mystical isle.

Nowadays he has a 1920s style jazz orchestra named after him and they opened proceedings with boppy instrumental renditions of Do the Strand and then Avalon's title track.

But the huge crowd at the abbey had come to see the man himself and his arrival on stage to accompany them on Love is the Drug was the moment they had been waiting for.

He may be well over 60 now, but he's still a heart throb for many – as the lady next to me demonstrated when she greeted his arrival on stage with "I'm here Bryan, I'm here."

The first half of the show featured Roxy hits such as Oh Yeah and the ever-popular Jealous Guy, where Bryan whipped out his harmonica, as well as some highlights from his 2007 Dylanesque album, of songs originally recorded by Bob Dylan, such as Knockin' on Heaven's Door. He also sang Same Old Blues in tribute to its writer JJ Cale who died just two weeks ago.

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra and four very sparkly dancers entertained while Bryan took a ten-minute break before storming back for the climax of the set, notably Let's Stick Together, which featured all the women at the front taking on the Jerry Hall siren-screaming part with gusto.

At the end Bryan seemed to be enjoying his Avalon moment so much, he was reluctant for the gig to end and if the fireworks hadn't started up, he'd probably have treated his fans to more hits.

Earlier, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had drawn the crowd to the stage by opening with the instantly-recognisable Here Comes The Sun, which was indeed still shining brightly. He enjoyed teasing the audience that many of them appeared to be grandparents and older than him.

The rest of the set was well-received, though some fans bemoaned the omission of his hit Judy Teen. But all was forgiven when Come Up and See Me struck up. Steve Harley implored the audience to get out of their seats and dance and it certainly worked.

Openers for the evening's entertainment had been the youthful Corelli Quartet, who set the civilised tone for the evening which followed.

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  • Leyla  |  August 14 2013, 11:50AM

    Sunday night at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza was indeed a perfect night. People had told me that my long-time favourite, Bryan Ferry, could no longer deliver the way he used to - rubbish! The 'Jealous Guy' still has what it takes and we were in no way disappointed - he was amazing. My one little disappointment was that he didn't include 'Slave to Love' in his repertoire, but he certainly put all he had into what he did do. What made his performance so pleasing was the fact that he was obviously enjoying himself too - we were treated to some genuine, full-on smiles! Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel also provided great entertainment and were real crowd pleasers. A superb night!

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