Bryan Ferry (photo: Jon Bauer)
Words & Photos By Jon Bauer
The opener for Bryan Ferry on Tuesday night at The Masonic couldn’t have set the tone for the night any more perfectly. Laura Pergolizzi, who goes by LP, has a voice that is strong, sexy, and swoon-worthy, and that dovetails perfectly with the band that came on soon after them. LP played a short but powerful set, the singer playing multiple instruments — even a whistle that Andrew Bird would be proud of.
Bryan Ferry and his ensemble came out like a steamroller. They leapt into a set that included deep cuts from the Roxy Music archive (“Love Is the Drug,” “Ladytron,” “Both Ends Burning,” “Take A Chance With Me,” and “Avalon” to name a few) dug into Ferry’s solo career (“Bête Noire,” “Avonmore,” and “Zamba”). They also threw in several covers of classics such as Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Stick Together” and did a burning version of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”
Their sexy, groove-worthy playlist was performed without a break and with no encore, but the crowd ate up every moment.