Making Moody Blues: 40 Years And Counting

By Joe Lawler
The Register

English rock band The Moody Blues brings its 40+ years of rock experience to the Civic Center this week. The band is known for hits like "Nights in White Satin," "Go Now" and "Tuesday Afternoon."

The Moody Blues got its start in 1964 in Edington, England, with the band starting out playing in an R&B style and mixing covers of James Brown and George Gershwin songs in with original tunes. It wasn't until 1966 that the real core of the band was assembled, with guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge joining Ray Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge. Together the three began to develop the band's signature prog/syphonic rock style demonstrated in the epic "Nights in White Satin."

In the '90s the Mood Blues took a hiatus from recording and began focusing on live performances with an orchestra. With the new millennium the band reduced its touring schedule and in 2002 founding member Ray Thomas retired from the group.

Hayward, Lodge and Edge are now the core of the band, touring regularly and performing with orchestras around the world.

The band hasn't released a new studio album in nearly seven years, but have released four live albums in the last five years. The latest, "Live at the Royal Albert Hall," is a reissue of the band's 2000 "Hall of Fame" album.


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