Roxy Music have been completely inactive for over three-and-a-half years, and guitarist Phil Manzanera says this break is probably going to last forever. “I don’t think we’re going to do any more shows,” he says. “I think our job is done. When we stopped touring in 2011, Andy [Mackay] and I looked at each other and said, ‘Our job is done here.'”
There hasn’t been a new Roxy Music album since 1982’s Avalon, but the group reformed in 2001 and have toured sporadically ever since. “Musicians like to do new things,” says Manzanera. “It’s unfortunate for the fans, really, because they would like you to play the same old stuff forever and ever. And they go see it and they feel like, ‘Man, they aren’t as good as they used to be.’ I’m very happy doing new things. I’ve got a couple of albums coming in the next year.”
The news for Roxy Music fans isn’t all bleak. “We have some fantastic box sets of the first two albums out next year,” says Manzanera. “There’s all sorts of things; extra [Brian] Eno ingredients and stuff. I’m very excited about it.” There’s also Bryan Ferry’s ongoing solo tour, where he often plays more than a dozen Roxy Music songs a night.
Also, Manzanera may be on the road himself in the near future. The guitarist, who co-produced Pink Floyd’s new album The Endless River, plays in the solo band of David Gilmour, who’s planning a tour when he finishes his next album. “If he wants me on that tour,” says Manzanera. “I’ll be there.”