Roxy Music has been entitled to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since it debuted its "Virginia Plain" single, who was 25 years old in 1997, but they have always been more popular in their native England than in America, and even members the group a little surprised to have received this year. "I've always felt that we are too far away for the general public in America, although we have strong messages in some pockets there," said roxie saxophonist Andy McKay to Rolling Stone last year. "It was very surprising to hear."
Not surprisingly, the keyboardist Brian Eno – who left the band in 1973 and has not appeared with them on stage since then ̵
Brian Ferry talks on behalf of the entire band, thanks to the various musicians, producers, employees and artists who have worked with Roxy Music over the years. Here are his complete remarks after the speech of Simon Le Bon and John Taylor by Duran Duran.
I would like to thank everyone for this unexpected honor, especially to our fans around the world who have supported us over the years. I would also like to thank all the musicians who have played such an important role in the history of Roxy Music, especially Paul Thompson and Brian Inno. Eddie Jobs, who is here with us tonight. This is a pretty long list of bassists I'm afraid of. I would like to thank Graham Simpson, Rick Kenton, John Porter, John Gustafsson, John Wetton, Gary Tibbs, Salah, Rick Wills, Alan Spencer and Neil Jason.
Moving to Avalon years, I would also like to mention Andy Newark, Alan Schwarzberg, Jimmy Mayn, Paul Carrac, Neil Habard, Yanic Etienne and Fony Thornton.
Also, the band helped us tonight … Jorja Chalmers … and the legendary Chris Spidding.
We've always had a great behind-the-scenes team, including our producers Ruth Davies, Chris Thomas, John Ponter and Pit Sinfin. … And the master of Bob Ludwig's mastering. Our managers were Mark Fenwick and David Entwen … and Christian Wainwright and the late Grand Doctor Simon Powsley, who was our professor of public relations.
Finally, the album covers. Thanks to Anthony Price, Carl Stoeker, Eric Bowman, Graham Hughes, Neil Kirk, Peter Saville and my old colleague Nick De Wil. Thank you all above and thanks to you.