The Moody Blues, St David's Hall

By Alan Molloy, South Wales Argus

As I took my seat in St David's Hall on a wet Friday evening I was immediately warned by the woman next to me that she had flown 6,000 miles from Texas to see THEM and that she was very enthusiastic! So was the rest of the audience judging by the reception pop legend the Moody Blues got the minute they hit the stage with The day we meet again¹.

Forty years on this group, like vintage wine, just keeps getting better and better. Justin Hayward and John Lodge, along with drummer Graeme Edge and ably supported by companion drummer Gordon Marshall who deserved a show of his own played hit after hit which had the audience on their feet more than in their seats.

Apart from Nights in White Satin, a number which the entire population of the UK must know and which showcases Hayward's amazing talent, favourites came thick and fast, including Tuesday afternoon, I know you're out there somewhere, Driftwood, Question and Never comes the day from Threshold of a Dream 1969 ­one of two albums recorded in that year!

Hayward and Lodge are very accomplished guitar players and together with flautist Norda Mullen and the aforementioned possessed drumming of Marshall, provided a masterclass to anyone looking on and wanting to set up their own band.

One was left with the impression as the show drew to a close that the Moody Blues were taken aback by the warmth of their reception. They needn't have been this was an audience who had heard the rest and had come to listen to the best!

Called back for an encore Ride my Seesaw, by an audience in no mood to go home, the band must surely have penciled in this venue for a return visit. 


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