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Roxy Music announce breakup

on November 03, 2014, 9:25am

Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, and Paul Thompson reunited in 2001 to mark the band’s 30th anniversary. They’ve remained an active entity ever since, embarking on several tours in the subsequent years. However, the band hasn’t performed live since 2011 and in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Manzanera suggested that further dates are unlikely.

“I don’t think we’re going to do any more shows,” Manzanera said. “I think our job is done. When we stopped touring in 2011, Andy [Mackay] and I looked at each other and said, ‘Our job is done here.'”

Ferry has repeatedly said over the years that he has no interest in recording new music under the Roxy Music banner and, as Manzanera went on to explain, the band’s interest in performing older songs has simply ran its course. “Musicians like to do new things … It’s unfortunate for the fans, really, because they would like you to play the same old stuff forever and ever. And they go see it and they feel like, ‘Man, they aren’t as good as they used to be.'”

The band still has plans to issue several archival releases, including box sets of its first two studio albums due out later this year. What’s more, Ferry has been performing Roxy Music songs as part of his ongoing solo tour. As for Manzanera, he just got done co-producing Pink Floyd’s reunion album and has plans for more new music in 2015.

Below, watch footage of Roxy Music’s initial reunion tour in 2001.

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