THE FERRY BEST OF BRYAN

TIM DE LISLE GIG OF THE WEEK

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - FILM - Bryan Ferry St David’s Hall, Cardiff Tour­ing to May 3

For a man with a fin­eart de­gree and fa­mously good taste, Bryan Ferry has never been very in­ter­ested in stage­craft. His con­certs tend to be con­ven­tional, his pat­ter per­func­tory (‘Good to be back in Cardiff!’), his danc­ing en­dear­ingly dad-like. His set lists are largely pre­dictable, with a cross-sec­tion of his ca­reer – sparky start, melan­choly mid­dle – tee­ing up the same old stompy fi­nale. So why are his shows so sat­is­fy­ing? It’s partly that, like your favourite restau­rant, he varies the menu just enough. Sig­na­ture dishes such as Avalon and Slave To Love are joined by a few spe­cials: this time it’s Where Or When, the Rodgers & Hart gem that brings out the bruised grandeur in Ferry’s voice, and Windswept, the

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