Who but Bryan Ferry could make go-go dancers seem elegant?

Two of these gyrating creatures flanked the stage at Ferry’s Beacon Theater show Thursday – the star’s first concert here in 9 years. But instead of seeming low or exploitative, they appeared as elevated sirens, aloof incarnations of Ferry’s erotic muse.

That they appeared in this fine guise owes everything to the power of Ferry’s persona, established nearly 40 years ago through his role as front-man for the legendary band Roxy Music. Though still quite young at the time, Ferry already styled himself as a sophisticated adult. He was the original Meterosexual, a man both attuned to high style and enslaved to the low consequences of impossible love.

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TEXT: Jim Farber
PHOTO: Theodorakis