Progressive rock legends The Moody Blues have been around for over 50 years, since 1964 to be precise, and they are still going strong and rocking the world.
The band is looking at a string of US live dates in March, but the boys will first embark on their very own The Moody Blues Cruise from the Port of Miami, playing to fans at the open sea between February 26 and March 1.
Then, a full-blown land tour can commence, starting with the March 3 show at the Hard Rock Live venue in Hollywood, FL.
The trek sill continue across the country, with notable stops in Orlando, Fort Pierce, Nashville, Charlotte, Richmond, Cherokee, and more.
The tour’s final stop has been booked for March 30, live at the Louisville Palace in Louisville, KY.
The band’s latest studio album, “December,” saw its release way back in October 2003 via Universal Records, marking the 16th official full-length effort in The Moody Blues opus.
The Moody Blues Cheap/Discounted Tickets 2016
The Moody Blues Schedule 2016
|Mar 03||8:00PM||Hollywood, FL||Hard Rock Live At The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino|
|Mar 04||8:00PM||Fort Pierce, FL||Sunrise Theatre|
|Mar 06||7:00PM||Sarasota, FL||Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall|
|Mar 08||7:30PM||Orlando, FL||Dr. Phillips Center|
|Mar 09||7:30PM||Melbourne, FL||King Center For The Performing Arts|
|Mar 10||8:00PM||Estero, FL||Germain Arena|
|Mar 11||8:00PM||Saint Augustine, FL||St. Augustine Amphitheatre|
|Mar 15||7:30PM||North Charleston, SC||North Charleston Performing Arts Center|
|Mar 16||7:30PM||Columbia, SC||Township Auditorium|
|Mar 18||8:00PM||Chattanooga, TN||Tivoli Theatre|
|Mar 19||7:30PM||Cherokee, NC||Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center|
|Mar 20||7:30PM||Nashville, TN||Ryman Auditorium|
|Mar 22||7:30PM||Wilmington, NC||Humanities And Fine Arts Center|
|Mar 24||8:00PM||Durham, NC||Durham Performing Arts Center|
|Mar 25||8:00PM||Richmond, VA||Altria Theater|
|Mar 26||8:00PM||Newport News, VA||CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts|
|Mar 28||7:30PM||Charlotte, NC||Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center|
|Mar 30||7:30PM||Louisville, KY||Louisville Palace|
The masters of melody, the champions of innovation, the prog rockers, the baroque poppers, the psychedelic rockers, the masters of the symphonic vibe, these are merely some of the words to describe the legendary rock act The Moody Blues.
Founded way back in 1964, the band stands out as one of the key figures in incorporating the elements of classical music into the rock genre. Their first album, “The Magnificent Moodies,” saw its release in 1965, instantly demonstrating the groups melodic capabilities and hinting at some of the musical prowess that was yet to come.
A major shift occurred in 1966 with the arrival of frontman Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge. Along with original members Ray Thomas (flute, percussions, harmonica), Mike Pinder (keyboards), and Graeme Edge (drums), they would forge what is today defined as the classic Moodies.
What the classic Moodies did was revolutionize music with a series of the big seven albums. The journey began with 1967’s “Days of Future Passed” and an all-time favorite single known as “Nights in White Satin.” Mixing up the psychedelic vibe of the time with a symphony orchestra, the band had already crafted a formula they will stick to through the entirety of the classic era, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.
What followed was a string of six more albums developed in the same manner, efficient, punchy and packed to the gills with the staple mark of the Moodies – 1968’s “In Search of the Lost Chord,” 1969’s “On the Threshold of a Dream,” the massively-praised “To Our Children’s Children’s Children,” also unveiled in 1969, 1970’s “A Question of Balance,” 1971’s “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour,” and 1972’s “Seventh Sojourn.”
In 1974, with such blistering tunes as “Gypsy,” “Candle Man,” “Never Comes the Night” and many more under their belt, The Moody Blues decided to take an extended break due to being exhausted and the fact that the remainder of the band felt overshadowed by frontman Justin Hayward. And thus the classic era had ended.
The Moodies were somewhat quick to resurface in 1978, but were already seen as a bit of an “oldies” act. This didn’t stop them from delivering more music, not by a long shot. Including their returning album, 1978’s “Octave,” the band delivered a total of eight more studio efforts, met with varying reactions. The gang mostly stuck to the previously established formula, occasionally straying away with disastrous effects (check out 1988’s “Sur La Mer” as a fine example of a wrong turn). Their latest album to date, “December,” saw its release in 2003.
As for the band’s lineup, not everyone from the classic lineup made it through after the reunion. In 1978, keyboardist Mike Pinder left the group just after “Octave” was released. He was replaced by Patrick Moraz of Yes, who subsequently left in 1990. Flutist Ray Thomas stuck along until 2002 when he also departed from the Moodies.
The group is currently functioning as a power trio of Hayward, Lodge and Edge and still delivers a massive punch. They might be in their 70s, but the boys still deliver the goods.