When 65-year-old glam god and gentleman pop star Bryan Ferry packs his bags, he doesn't just bring sheet music.
Really, go steal a quick glance at the Facebook photos from the first few weeks of his Olympia world tour ... All handsomer-than-thou in an undone bow tie and disheveled suit, Mr. Ferry's obviously traveling with an entire trunk meticulously stuffed full of slick, expensive accoutrements.
There's probably even a cummerbund stashed in a secret spring-loaded compartment, just in case he gets the urge to close out the show by singing "Shameless" in semi-formal attire.
Yes, indeed, Mr. Ferry is a fancy old devil. And he thinks show biz should be a classy affair. As he told GQ recently, "Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, even back to Leadbelly -- always looked very dapper ... People say to me, 'Why do you dress elegantly on stage?' I say, 'Why not? I'm on stage.'"
Which isn't to say that you, the audience member, should arrive to the Fillmore Miami Beach on the evening of Thursday, September 29 in some dowdy outfit that Mr. Ferry might sum up as "a tracksuit" or "jeans and a pullover."
Sure, you won't be on stage. But that doesn't mean you should let yourself slip into total slobbishness. In fact, if you plan to sing along with any part of Mr. Ferry's sophisticated pop setlist (e.g. "Slave to Love," "Alphaville," "Like a Hurrican," "All Along the Watchtower," "Jealous Guy"), you must absolutely respect the dress code.
Which is to say ... Shamelessly stylish.
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Bryan Ferry. Thursday, September 29. The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. for $38.50 to $78.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com.