1953 – Elvis Presley becomes the first member of his family to complete high school when he graduates from J.C. Hulmes in Memphis, TN. He sports a split curl in the middle of his forehead for his senior photo, which later becomes his trademark look.
1963 – Nineteen-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who had done some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin’ Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager shortly thereafter and makes them add the “g” to Rollin’.
Suave rocker Bryan Ferry – equally regarded as a crooning solo artist as well as the frontman of the glam-adjacent 70s rock outfit Roxy Music – announced a short U.S. tour that brings him to Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center on July 21st. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 5th, at noon. Continue reading →
80’s pop rock sensations The Bangles headline World Cafe Live tonight. After a long 8-year hiatus, the women produced their first album in 2011, Sweetheart of the Sun, and rejoined the music scene with gusto. The group achieved early success with their pop hits including “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like An Egyptian” and became one of the handful of all-female groups to achieve international attention in the 80’s. You can watch their music video for their hit “Manic Monday” below. Find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Bryan Ferry, iconic lead singer of Roxy Music, has announced the release of a new solo album, Avonmore, on November 7th. After a side trip into jazz with his 2012 release The Jazz Age, on which he re-recorded hits from his past catalogue, Ferry returns with a collection of eight brand new songs and two covers, Robert Palmer’s “Johnny And Mary” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns.” Continue reading →
Fresh off his performance at Coachella, singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry has announced a fall tour that brings him to the Tower Theatre on October 4th. Before launching a solo career, Ferry rose to fame as the lead vocalist of ’70s art rock band Roxy Music who last reunited in 2010. His latest album The Jazz Age – big band re-imaginings of his back catalogue – hit shelves in 2012 and featured jazz renditions of Ferry’s work drawn from both his solo discography and Roxy Music. Now touring with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Ferry is back to share his music with fans worldwide. Get tickets here when they go onsale this Friday, April 25th at 10 a.m.