Bryan Ferry CBE was on form last night, for his only UK appearance this year, at Guildford’s terribly middle-class Guilfest — the only festival I have ever seen that had a Pizza Express on site. The sixty six year old rocker still has it, even if he did have to ruin the look with a cashmere scarf after the sun went down.
Mr Steerpike was not alone in wondering why the set had an edgier feel to it than the greying Roxy Music fans might have been used to. All was revealed toward the end when Ferry announced the extra guitarist with the badly dyed black hair, and the worst outfit on the stage, was none other than Smiths strummer Johnny Marr.
I hear that Marr has collaborated on Ferry’s new album, due out next year. They might want to lay off of the political chatter though: Ferry is known to be sympathetic to the David Cameron and even let him use ‘Let’s Stick Together’ as a campaign tune in the 2010 election. Marr, on the other hand, famously told the prime minister that he forbade him to like his music.