Road Journals

20-Feb-07
Winter Tour 2007: Road Report

Las Vegas Hilton, February 8-10, 2007

Another year and another healthy dose of The Moody Blues! And what better place to kick it all off than Las Vegas?!?

The trip out for me began VERY early on Thursday with a flight from New York City. Once I arrived, I headed over to the venue to see how things were going. I saw Justin and the band’s tour manager in the lobby, lovely as always.

So after checking in and relaxing for a few hours it was back in for the show. It was great to be back, to see everyone. It had been since July in the OC for me. Everyone was wonderful, in great sprits and ready to be back to it! There was one band change, since Bernie has had her baby; the talented Julie Ragins has now joined the tour.

Julie Ragins (check out her website at http://www.julieragins.com) grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has a strong jazz background, which she attributes to her father. From working as a mess man on the Exxon Valdez to being just a singer in a rock and roll band, Julie has a great energy that she brings to the Moody Blues stage.

The show was great. And more than that, the show has a new life to it! The band’s Production Manager and Lighting Director have visually created a new show entirely. In a conversation I had with them they indicated that they plan on switching it up at least a little bit every night so that folks who come to more than one show can have a little variety. “These fans are so dedicated to this band, and the band wants to give them something new as often as possible.”

And it certainly is true. I watched a good bit of the show one night from the balcony so I could enjoy it in its entirety – the combination of the lights, video, total spectrum of all band members on stage, and the audience and their interaction with the show. I love to do this, to have a bird’s eye view. You never realize what an impact they are making until you remove yourself from the eye of the storm and just gaze upon it from above.

It’s a wonderful fusion of archived photos and albums combined with a contemporary psychedelic lighting scheme that perfectly complements one another. It’s the ultimate forum for the amazing show that The Moody Blues put on each night.

The energy between the band and crowd was electric; you could just tell that they were ready to be back to it! And were they ever. The set list was classic Moody Blues:

Lovely to See You
Tuesday Afternoon
Never Comes the Day
Slide Zone
The Voice
One More Time to Live
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
Story in Your Eyes

Wildest Dreams
Isn’t Life Strange
The Other Side of Life
December Snow
Higher and Higher
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Singer in a Rock and Roll Band
Nights in White Satin
Question

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Ride My See Saw

All three nights were the same sets, but the shows were anything but the same. Each night was full of its unique energy and excitement. The last night, the 10th, was by far the most packed night of all—what better way to spend a Saturday night in Vegas?!? You should have seen this crowd! Everyone was on their feet and loving every minute of it. The band was as well, they had such a great time playing and being back with their fans!

This run of shows displayed some of the biggest variety in fans that I have seen possibly ever. I saw more young people in the crowd than I anticipated. Some of them were with their parents, but several groups were just young folks as a group enjoying the show. Why not see a legend when it’s in your neighborhood?

In addition to the shows there were a few other treats for the fans this past weekend. There were a couple of large gatherings at both the Hilton Buffet and the Hard Rock for folks. And Mr. Lodge did an appearance/ signing for his John Lodge website.

All in all, it was a fantastic set of three shows! The band is great, excited to be back to it and seeing their fans out in full force and it was a great way to kick off the next few weeks. I hope you all enjoy the music this time around just as much as you have every time before. Have a wonderful tour and we will see you soon!

Until next time,
Jenn

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