When Roxy Music launched into the opening bars of "Same Old Scene," last night at Baltimore's Civic Center, the group was greeted immediately by a roar of approval, the kind of welcome usually reserved for military heroes or religious leaders.
Backed by a full complement of singers, percussionists and guitar players--seven people in all alongside the two other original members of Roxy Music--lead singer Bryan Ferry belted out one stunner after another. He mixed a few well-chosen older pieces like "Out of the Blue" and "Love Is the Drug" with the moody soul of "My Only Love" and sophisticated funk of "Take a Chance on Me" from the group'slast studio album.
Ferry started the set resplendent in black suit, white shirt and carefully disheveled hair doing curt, little dance steps. But by "Song for Europe," he had wandered off to the wings, doffed his jacket, rolled up his shirtsleeves and returned lurching and leaping around the stage.
After climaxing the set proper with an ambitious medley of their own "Dance Away" interspersed with bits of old Sly Stone songs and Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane," they returned to tumultuous applause, closing the evening with a tender rendering of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy."