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BBC FEBRUARY 22, 2001 - by Staff Writers
ENO ATTACKS ROXY REUNION
Producer and musician Brian Eno has criticised his former colleagues in Roxy Music who are reforming for a tour.
Eno, who left the band in 1973 to pursue solo projects, will not be rejoining Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay on the fifty-date reunion tour, which starts in Dublin in June.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said his involvement with Roxy Music was history.
Eno has produced award-winning albums for David Bowie and U2, as well as pursuing a successful solo career as a pioneer in electronic and ambient music.
He said: "I'm not interested anymore. I mean, it's obvious why it's being done. Why does anyone have a reunion?
"They've suddenly been fired up with a whole bunch of incredible new ideas that have been lying dormant for the last twenty-five years? I just don't like the idea. It leaves a bad taste."
The musician is currently organising a musical exhibition in San Francisco at the Museum of Modern Art, called 010101, which will attempt to create a musical environment for visitors.
"I wanted to create music as an architectural condition," Eno said.
"I always wanted to make music that sat in one place as long as it can, until you get sick of it and shuffle off."
Roxy Music formed in 1971 and had their first Top 10 hit, Virginia Plain, a year later. They also enjoyed chart success with singles Street Life and Love Is The Drug.
They only ever had one number one single, a cover of John Lennon's song Jealous Guy, recorded in the wake of the former Beatle's death.
The band split in 1983 after the release of the album Avalon.
Ferry was involved in a mid-air drama after Christmas this year when a man burst into the cockpit of a flight he was on from London to Nairobi, and attempted to seize the controls.
Passengers and crew restrained the man.