Guys, Roxy Music has broken up and this time it's serious. Guitarist Phil Manzanera broke the news to Rolling Stone on Monday.
"I don't think we're going to do any more shows," he said. "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.'"
Some prickly music fans might suggest that the band had never truly gotten back together, considering that the band never bothered to release a new album in the 13 years since it reunited. Indeed, perhaps the band's most influential member, Brian Eno, didn't even come along for the new rounds of touring, saying it "leaves a bad taste." Manzanera's statement seemed to suggest that the group was calling it quits for good because fans didn't want any new music.
"It's unfortunate for the fans, really, because they would like you to play the same old stuff forever and ever," he said. "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."
Although the guitarist seems to suggest that the ultimate decision was made during 2011, some other recent developments suggest he may have other work to do in the near future. Manzanera assisted with production on Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River, and although there's no tour planned around that release, he also serves as a guitarist in David Gilmour's solo band. Gilmour is also working on a new album/tour and Manzanera has pledged his allegiance to that project.
The good news: The band's first two albums, Roxy Music and For Your Pleasure, will be released in deluxe box sets during 2015.