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Record Mirror APRIL 7, 1973 - by Val Mabbs
One day the Rainbow's full of excitable teenyboppers, the next denim clad music fans... but when Roxy Music are in town the scene is quite startling.
It was a night of theatrics from start to finish, and even the audience were clad in '30s style clothes - girls with net veils across their faces, pencil-slim skirts, and silver strappy shoes. And the male fans rivalled them for a place in the limelight.
Some had make-up beautifully applied, their hair sculptured into DA's and streaked with colour. It was a combination of the great and the grotesque.
Roxy Music were introduced by a growling blond figure slinking on and off stage, then the group loped on stage to burst into a track from their new and second album, Do The Strand, while hot-panted girls above wriggled to the music.
And it is on a visual level that Roxy win out - their music is greatly assisted by Eno's use of synthesiser and tapes, and the clarinet playing on The Bogus Man also provided some weird and wonderful moments.
Most of the repertoire was taken from the new album, including In Every Dream Home A Heartache, during which Amanda (see front cover of new album) posed over the stage - and Bryan Ferry picked up guitar; and there were Blue Lagoons and Beauty Queen.
For the closing number, Editions Of You, Bryan invited all the audience down to the front, and the atmosphere really warmed up. And the Roxy were gone... but inevitably they were called back for the high-spot of the night, a rip-roaring encore featuring Virginia Plain. Definitely a professional group, and original. A visual feast.