Roxy Music To Reunite For World Tour

Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay to tour Europe, Japan, U.S.; details to be announced Monday.

After an 18-year layoff, there is more than this for Roxy Music.

Following weeks of speculation and unconfirmed reports in the British tabloids, Roxy Music have nailed down plans for an extensive reunion tour later this year, according to singer Bryan Ferry's UK publicist.

Ferry will join guitarist Phil Manzanera and saxophonist Andy Mackay — all core members of Roxy Music throughout their 10-year recording career — for a press conference at the ritzy Savoy Hotel in London on Monday. The trio will announce details of the reunion trek, which is expected to encompass some 50 dates in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Brian Eno — the ambient genius and experimentalist who left Roxy Music after appearing on their self-titled debut in 1972 and For Your Pleasure in 1973 — will not participate in the outing. Eno, who played synthesizer and manipulated tapes for Roxy, went on to work in and influence a variety of musical genres — from contemporary classical to New Age to electronica to punk — and has produced records for U2, David Bowie, Devo and Talking Heads, among others. He recently shared a production credit with Daniel Lanois on U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Other information about the reunion, including who will be joining Ferry, Manzanera and Mackay on the road, won't be announced until Monday.

Roxy Music disbanded in 1983 following the Avalon tour, and their glam- and art-rock sound has influenced bands from Depeche Mode and the Eurythmics to Mercury Rev and Radiohead.

Ferry has released a string of solo albums, most recently the vintage covers collection As Time Goes By (1999).

Under the band name the Venus in Furs, Mackay teamed with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood to cover two Roxy Music songs, "2HB" and "Ladytron," for the 1998 soundtrack to "Velvet Goldmine."

In March, Virgin Records issued remastered editions of the entire Roxy Music catalog, including Country Life (1974), Siren (1975) and Avalon, the band's 1982 swan song.