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12-Jul-10
All About The Music For The Moody Blues

Drummer Graeme Edge says the band has no plans of slowing down.

lehighvalleylive.com
By Melinda Rizzo

After more than 40 years of performing, The Moody Blues continue to find ways to keep their vast playlist fresh and inspiring to those who continue to adore them.

Bassist and vocalist John Lodge says the band plays six nights a week during their touring season and the 2011 tour is already booked. "As long as our fans want to come out to see us, we'll continue to perform. I've never really thought about not doing this. Playing music is who we are," Lodge explains.

The group, rounded out by drummer Graeme Edge and guitarist Justin Hayward, will perform Thursday at the State Theatre in Easton.

The Moody Blues, a progressive British band, broke into the North America music scene in 1967 with their trailblazing work on the album, "Days of Future Passed." "Days" was credited with beginning the concept-album format many other bands, including Yes and Pink Floyd, relied heavily upon during their songwriting years in the 1970s.

"Days of Future Passed" was a hybrid album, taking advantage of a full symphony orchestra and merging two distinct musical genres. The album's theme also took place over the course of one day.

Lodge says modern technology and communications have made a tremendous difference in touring, which the band continues to do regularly.

"There's no doubt, the tools are more professional nowadays. The earpieces we wear allow us to hear ourselves and immediately make adjustments, and the crews and all our support staff, too," Lodge says.

The Moody Blues are in the unique position to own all their material because it's original. "We don't cover other people's work except for a seasonal Christmas recording, 'December,' we did in 2003," Lodge says.

Since the band owns all their own material, Lodge says their playlist is naturally evergreen.

"Sure, there are songs we have to do at every show like 'Nights in White Satin,' 'The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)' or 'Tuesday Afternoon,' and 'Question (I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band),' but because we have so much material, it keeps the shows interesting as we can round out the performances with other material," Lodge explains.

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