Concert review: Bryan Ferry at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay – San Diego, CA – August 23, 2017

Published by JB on August 26, 2017

Review and photography by Sylvia!

San Diego’s citizens, usually donning t-shirts and flip-flops, sure do clean up nicely. Men wore tuxedos, women wore pearls, all to celebrate the night away with the one and only Bryan Ferry. Ever the gentleman, Ferry greeted the crowd with a warm wave and bow, before launching into his first set of songs which included one of his biggest hits, “Slave to Love” as well as scorching versions of “Ladytron,” and “Out of the Blue.” His talented band and backup singers breathed new life into songs that are more than 40 years old. Their renditions made you feel like you could dance away the night, dance right up to the stars. 

The septuagenarian, with his world-weary, seductive vibrato, treated his fans to some of the most famous songs from the Roxy Music catalogue and his own solo work. Some of the crowd favorites were, “In Every Dream Home a Heartache,” “Love is a Drug,” “Virginia Plain,” “More Than This” and, of course, one of the most make-out worthy songs of the 80s, “Avalon.” As an iconic front man of British glam-rock, Ferry is known to also cover songs from those artists that he admires, last night he performed Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate” and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”

Ferry didn’t interact too much with the crowd, he mostly played it cool by crooning and dancing. Midway through his 23 song set, he introduced his band members and then addressed the audience by saying, ”It’s great to be back in San Diego, eh?”

Chris Bolfing, a long-time Ferry fan said, “This is only the second time I’ve seen him, but I hope to see him again soon. Who knows? He’s a busy guy. I was introduced to his music when Avalon came out, but then went back to listen to Roxy Music.” 

Supporting act, Judith Owen, was a dynamic opener. Her distinct style of bluesy, sultry songs were welcomed by the fans. Her four-piece band, sitting behind her, didn’t miss a beat. She won the crowds love by yelling out, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket, isn’t it?”  The crowd whooped loudly in agreement. 

Bryan Ferry finishes up his tour in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night.

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