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With a legacy spanning nearly five decades, The Moody Blues lead singer Justin Hayward says the 12-string Guild acoustic guitar on which he performs the signature opening to “Question” always feels like coming home.
No strangers to innovation, The Moody Blues bring their enduring brand of progressive rock ‘n’ roll to Musikfest on Aug. 5.

“Some guitars play me, but (not) when I pick up that big old guitar. It just opens up,” Hayward says of the intense rolling chords of “Question,” from the band’s 1970 release, “A Question of Balance”.

The vintage Guild instrument is as much a part of Hayward’s performance as the song he wrote for the recording, more than 40 years ago, he says. “Every time I play that song, and there is a beautiful kind of suspense. It’s an exciting moment,” Hayward says.

The Moody Blues took a leap in 1967 by collaborating with the London Festival Orchestra. The partnership was originally intended as a demo recording released by Deram Records to showcase new equipment, according to Hayward.

That record, “Days of Future Passed,” ended up being the group’s first concept album and vehicle for original material, including the hit songs “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Nights in White Satin.” The project was supposed to be a retelling of the classical composer Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” but ended up an entirely different and ultimately groundbreaking project, Hayward explains.

“It was supposed to be a rock version of ‘New World Symphony,’ but it became an (orchestral) collaboration on (the band’s) original material,” Hayward says. “We were lucky then, and we are lucky now …  We’ve always been given complete freedom musically, and that continues on today.”

Hayward credits the band’s timeless musical appeal among fans and continued success to its ability to be creative, rather than having promoters dictate chart hits and schedule requirements.

“To come back (in the 1980s) with another round of success with hit singles, ‘Your Wildest Dreams’ and ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere’, was glorious and brought a whole new audience to our music,” Hayward says.

Hayward says the band never really sought the limelight, and as such “during our ups and downs, no one really noticed,” Hayward says. “The atmosphere created on stage, that’s very valuable to me.”

Fans can expect “The Moodies” to perform from their vast back catalog, which includes “Nights in White Satin,” “Question,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Wildest Dreams,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” “Singer in a Rock and Roll Band,” and others, according to a news release.

In addition to Hayward, who sings and plays lead guitar and joined the band in 1967, The Moody Blues includes bassist-vocalist John Lodge and original drummer Graeme Edge.

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IF YOU GO

Who: The Moody Blues

When: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5

Where: Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest, Bethlehem

Tickets: $49, $39

Info: musikfest.org

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Merging progressive, psychedelic and symphonic rock with a touch of fusion and classical elements, “The Moody Blues” have secured their place as one of contemporary music’s most compelling bands. Worldwide record sales have surpassed the 50 million mark, with 14 albums attaining platinum status.

The band’s 1967 masterpiece “Days of Future Passed” is arguably one of the greatest rock albums ever produced. Is the Moody Blues approach the milestone as one of the few rock acts to be actively performing and recording for 50 years, the band and their longtime front man Justin Hayward are living the dream.

While the band’s annual touring schedule remains the priority for Hayward, his desire for personal exploration has led to a successful solo career.

His latest effort, a 15 song Blu-Ray DVD/CD entitled “Spirits…Live – Live at The Buckhead Theater, Atlanta,” exemplifies the timeless appeal of the Moody Blues’ classic compositions as well as Hayward’s creative talents. Offering over a dozen Moody Blues’ staples, including “Tuesday Afternoon,” “It’s Up To You,” “Lovely To See You,” “Your Wildest Dreams,” “Question,” “Nights In White Satin” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” Hayward version of these classics needs no introduction.

“I was very pleased to have the opportunity to do it,” says Hayward. “About three years ago, I was finding myself in the studio so much as a gatekeeper for the Moody Blues catalog re-mastering stuff. I couldn’t see a new Moody Blues album on the horizon, so I thought, ‘I’ve got to take responsibility and do it myself.’ So I did. I decided to go from just demo form – vocal and guitar — to a proper album, and I really found I have a lot to say. It really started to take over my life and became a labor of love, and finally I put it all together.” “I really fit it around what the Moody’s want” added Hayward.

“The three of us aren’t working that much — a couple of tours a year. It’s lovely when we do get together, because I think we’re rediscovering our own Moody’s catalog. We’re rediscovering songs we only spent a couple of days on over the years and put them straight onto a record and then never really returned to them. So that’s nice as well.”

“There were a few things I didn’t include, some sort of social thing I didn’t think I was qualified anymore to really talk about. Once I got on a roll, I just wanted to make it personal about relationships – people that I knew, people in my past.” Formed in Birmingham, England in 1965, the Moody Blues promptly released their debut album, “The Magnificent Moodies.

”Two years later, and with their most prominent line-up (which by now included Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas and John Lodge), the band emerged from the studio with the classic “Days of Future Passed.” Featuring the London Festival Orchestra, the record produced the singles “Night’s In White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.”

Throughout the remainder of the ’60s and ’70s, the Moody Blues enjoyed charting success in both the U.K. and America. Their various album releases (“In Search of the Lost Chord” (1968), “On the Threshold of a Dream” (1969), “To Our Children’s Children’s Children” (1969), “A Question of Balance” (1970), “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” (1971), “Seventh Sojourn” (1972) and “Octave” (1978)) offered a vast catalog of thought provoking lyrical content often accompanied by complex musical scores. With the arrival of the 80’s and the birth of the MTV generation, the Moody Blues achieved their greatest commercial success.

“Long Distance Voyager” (1981), containing the hit singles “Gemini Dream” and “The Voice,” earned the band their second number one album in the U.S.

They returned to the charts with “The Other Side of Life” in 1986 on the strength of the singles “Your Wildest Dreams” as well as the title track. Their last charting album, “Sur La Mer” (1988), included Hayward’s favorite Moody Blues song and the band’s final hit single – “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” “I think the song touched a chord with a lot of people. It certainly did with me,” says Hayward. “When we do it on stage – even when I do it solo with just an acoustic guitar – it has some kind of resonance and magic, and I’m very pleased about that.” “As for my favorite Moody’s album,” says Hayward, “I think “Days of Future Passed” will have some place. It should, because I think it changed the way people thought about albums. I think it was one of a handful of albums that could be thought about and listened to for a whole evening. I hope it will be remembered for that.” With an undiminished desire to thrive creatively in front of an audience, Hayward is busier than ever juggling his solo career and time with the Moody Blues.

“I’ve at last realized that there is a dimension that I hadn’t really discovered before in the acoustic setting and touring,” says Hayward. “It’s made me hungry for more. That resonates on stage as well. I realize how invaluable that is in a concert setting, whether it is my solo shows or with the Moody’s.” “I’ve been on the road doing my solo tours in the middle of Moody’s tours, and I’m very pleased with how that’s going,” added Hayward. “I’m working with a young guitar player, Mike Dawes, and with Judy Ragans, who works with the Moody’s. We’ve developed quite a nice little stage show around that.”

“Whether I’m with the Moody’s or doing my solo show, “ added Hayward, “I’d like people to think that we’ve shared something together that has enriched everybody, that we’ve got to the source of the music that has been able to move us both. We both have some sort of enlightening experience. I think in the show there is something for everybody, whatever generation you come from. That’s what keeps it going.”

The Moody Blues perform at the Bethlehem Musikfest Sands Steel Stage Tues., August 5 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $39 and $49 and are available at www.musikfest.org or by calling 610-332-3378.

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 is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Musikfest on August 5th, one of the largest music festivals in the nation, with Brian Hineline, who’s photographed hundreds of concerts over the past 15 years for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and other publications.

This workshop is already sold out, but we’ve got your chance to win your way in!

You’ll start off in our Olympus Digital Imaging Center at the Banana Factory Arts Center, learning tips and techniques from Brian about taking fabulous concert photographs. Then it’s on to the festival grounds to shoot at the Musikfest free stages, including behind-the-scenes candids that the public doesn’t have access to. Capping it all off, you’ll work alongside Brian at the Musikfest’s Sands Steel Stage, shooting photos at the Moody Blues show as an official photographer, for the first 3 songs!

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1. Having now completed two ‘Spirits’ tours, which do you feel met your expectations best?

I enjoyed both tours very much, but maybe this last one in May and June was where it all came together a bit more. I’d learnt a lot on the first tour with Alan, particularly how to handle my own guitar parts a bit better. The latest tour was more concentrated and playing a lot more gigs meant that Julie, Mike and me had the chance to improve as we went along. I loved both tours though – brilliant.

2. There were some changes in this last solo tour, ie one less musician, and switching out Land Of Make Believe and New Horizons for I Dreamed Last Night. How did this affect your pre-tour preparations?

I’d done guitar and voice demo with Alberto of ‘I Dreamed Last Night’ for Mike and Julie and I sketched out a simplified idea of the Peter Knight orchestration. Julie learnt the harmonies that I had done on the original recording, and she transcribed the keyboard part into written form to read from her IPad on stage – voila! We had already rehearsed up “What You Resist…” from the first tour.

3. Did this even more sparing approach simplify or complicate matters compared to the previous tour?

I think it simplified things, although Julie took on a lot more. With Alan’s help she got all the sounds down, and Alan was able to transfer the programmed settings between the two Yamaha Motif keyboards.

I had a bit more to cover as Alan was adding some guitar sounds on his keyboards on the first tour – but it just meant I had to concentrate harder – not a bad thing.

4. Do you have any plans set for a next tour, and if you have, can you give us some idea what you have in mind?

I have been asked to do a load more gigs, and I’m up for it – Let’s see what happens in the next few weeks?

5. Did your Spirits Of The Western Sky CD sell well on the tours?

Eagle Rock tell me it’s been moving solidly. The vinyl seems to have been strong too – do you think that’s a novelty or collectors thing, or will they actually be played? I must get one myself actually – although maybe I don’t have room for a record player!

6. How would you spend the money if you were given an unlimited budget to ‘dress up’ a next solo tour?

I would have more crew on the road if the budget was bigger, that’s all. Steve, David and Karen had a lot do every day and worked really hard – too hard at times.

7. Do you have a sense now which song or songs got the best reception over the two tours?

‘The Western Sky’ and ‘Forever Autumn’.

8. Is there any particular show or venue from either Spirits tour that really stood out for you, and if so, what was it that made it stand out?

The Fox Theatre in Tucson Arizona was magical. Such a nice venue and a fabulous audience. The Troubadour in L.A. was very special too. Sometimes there is kind of mystic feeling in the air, and it was present at both those gigs. But, if we had a bad gig, I don’t remember it.

I’m ready to get back out there now!

9. What do you feel is the most important element in a concert outside of the music-related essentials and chairs?

I know it sounds daft, but to feel welcome at a venue is the most important thing. At some Moodies gigs the backstage is cold and sparse – thankfully the group makes up for it. But a warm reception backstage is always nice.

10. Of the songs you’ve performed from the album thus far, which song has most transformed in the live situation?

I think ‘What You Resist…’. Mike was brave enough to take it on and get it going. I really enjoyed playing rhythm to his lead. Loved it!

11. After much anticipation and waiting, Spirits Live – Live At The Buckhead Theatre will finally be coming out in August on Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD! Are there any events or special promotions planned to accompany the release

Well, all being well, I shall be on the road with The Moodies then. Whoops, should have thought of that.

12. Will Spirits Live be issued on vinyl as well?

Good point – I’ll ask.

13. What else was different in the process of making Spirits Live over previous concert video/audio projects you’ve been involved with?

It was simpler to mix that’s for sure. In fact, I’m not sure Alberto did anything – just put the faders up and let it roll. Steve Chant has done a great guide mix anyway. The Moodies is on 76 tracks so it’s a lot more complicated, but no less enjoyable.

14. Could you tell us a little about the video’s extras?

David Minasian managed to film just about everyone around on a couple of gigs before Atlanta, and backstage during the Buckhead gig. I haven’t seen it all yet, but I’m sure David has it together.

15. Will the song selections be identical for both audio and video versions?

I think so yes.

16. Soon you will be switching gears back to Moody shows, what from your solo tour do you most wish could be done the same way on a Moody tour?

Er…That the drummers could be a bit quieter when we have acoustic songs?

17. Has the purchase of Eagle Rock by Universal had any impact on your previous relationships with either entity

Not that I can see.

18. Your new 12-string seems to be a crowd pleaser by all reports (including your own), how does this one differ from others you have owned?

I wish I could have had the McPherson for the first tour – it’s so true and powerful. Never mind, it’ll be on the next DVD.

19. Did your custom Tom Anderson come home yet?

Yes thanks. Now we have a ‘tour Tom Anderson’.

20. How well do you think Mike Dawes has adapted to this ensemble and playing your songs in this setting?

Mike is one of a new generation of really exceptional guitar players, and he is an absolute joy to play with. He took on the challenge of these songs, and his contribution to the show is immense. I’m a Mike fan.

21. Have you and Mike made any plans to collaborate on anything outside of your tours?

Ah – good thinkin’. Let’s make some.

22. Is it difficult making the transition from driving on the left side of the road in the UK to the right side in

France?

Actually I find it more challenging going back to UK driving sometimes.

23. Do you foresee mounting another US solo tour maybe next year? Was your most recent solo tour more grueling than your 2013 solo tour with all that travel?

I think we were a bit more organized this year. It’s tough sometimes, but I do enjoy it.

24. Did you enjoy playing live with your ‘songwriting guitars’ on this past solo tour for a change? We hope your ‘songwriting guitars’ enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed them.

I love playing them. Absolutely love it. I will miss them on the Moodies tour. It was great having a couple of them back home – a bit more worn than they left, but nothing bad at all.

25. What was your inspiration for the song “The Actor”; its heartfelt simplicity still delights.

It’s one of the songs I remember just about every detail of writing, and I can see the little studio flat on the Bayswater road where it was written as clear as anything right now. It was very late one night and the road outside was a bit quieter. I got my acoustic guitar out and just started playing. I had this picture in my mind of the scene of a lonely stage and of an actor playing out his life in front of the whole world. Was it me? I have to say it was a lonely time for me, with a lot of pressure on to come up with songs quickly for a new album, but I remember I was inspired by the girls around me then. At the time I wanted to do a song that was kind of the reverse, in musical form, of ‘Tuesday’. I was drawn to starting with that ‘swing’ guitar phrase and then moving into a normal beat. Originally I had intended to sing the opening flute phrase, but in the studio, when we routined the song, Ray played it and it worked better. It was a very easy session with no dramas. The acoustic guitar was a Yamaha FG140 – not very expensive at the time. I think I still have it somewhere. It played ‘Never Comes The Day’ too. Mike bought one exactly the same on the same day as I got mine.

26. Do you feel video/visual associations make music/a song better or takes away from its intent and pleasure

Sometimes it enhances the music and sometimes not. I think I have been turned on to a song by seeing the video first – but it’s also true that it can detract from the music, if you see it after the song has got to you.

27. What comes to mind recalling the recording of “Question”?

‘Question’ was originally two songs that I combined the night before the session. It just seemed to work going from one song into the other. It was a very quick recording – with very little overdubbing or double tracking. We were deliberately trying to return to a more ‘live’ feel. It was recorded well up front of the rest of the album sessions, on a Saturday morning. The guitar was a Gibson 12.

I think we all knew it was strong and we were confident it would be played.

28. Is there anything you’d like to be asked about instead of the ‘same old’ questions over and over?

I don’t know until I’m asked! But, really every interview is different and I’m just pleased people are interested.

29. What’s it like working with the talented Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins?

Love it! Love it! And they are great road mates.

30. Are you taking it easy for a bit or working on something new at the moment?

No ‘down time’ for me I’m afraid.

31. Do you enjoy attending the opera? What’s your favorite

Nabucco by Verdi.

32. Have you ever given a guitar lesson(s) to anyone?

Not a proper lesson, maybe just some tips.

33. What’s your most responsive guitar?

The two best are my 1963 ES335 and my 1955 Martin D28.

34. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

Silence?

35. Was the magical “The Western Sky” song a recent composition or had you had it for a long time?

I worked on it for a year or so, but pretty soon after I completed writing it I recorded the voice and guitar that are on the recording.

36. Is there anyone you’d be a bit nervous to meet?

My old headmaster from Commonweal Grammar School , Dr Craig.

37. Do you have to preserve your voice when on tour and have less conversations than usual?

Sometimes it starts to go, or wave bye bye, which is scarey. I have a ‘no talking’ badge to explain that I’m not being rude, just trying not to speak (which is hard on the road).

38. Do you ever listen to your past work and does it ever spark new ideas for new songs?

I rarely listen. Sometimes for so long that I forget the recording. I don’t think they spark new ideas, but I’m so happy to have the chance to revive them and breathe life into them again in a stage version, particularly acoustic. It takes be back.

39. Do you think about the listener when composing as you always create your songs deep enough so that the listener is drawn to listen again and again hearing something new each time?

I sometimes think ’how would this go down’, but then I’ve never written (or completed) a song unless it moves me alone and draws me in. It has to express some truth.

40. Can you remember any of your thoughts around the time of writing “Silverbird” from your “Moving Mountains” album? Did you envision yourself on that cliff, was it?

Jeff Wayne had written the music and set me the task of writing the lyric, which I didn’t find easy, but I loved the track. The video was shot in Cornwall and was directed by a very young student director who found, and suggested those locations. He had a pal with a microlight aircraft and he got him to fly around over the cliffs, sea and fields with a camera always running. I liked the video very much, the shots were brilliant, but the track didn’t get much play – maybe it was a bit too complicated.

41. Your guitar on “The Swallow” is so beautiful, did that song come easily to you?

Thank you. Curiously, it was the only song we did for that album where we actually played together and recoded live. Yes, it did come easily, and the song just kind of jumped out of the guitar, which sadly was stolen a few weeks later when I put it down in the street while I packed some other equipment.

42. Blues guitarist Roy Book Binder said “Your left hand is what you know, your right hand is who you are”, do you agree?

Absolutely

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The Moody Blues is partnering with the Northeast District of the Indiana Elks Association to make a difference for patients of the Fort Wayne and Marion Veterans Administration Hospitals. Through the month of July, donate for a chance to win concert tickets to the show and a special Moody Blues prize package!

JNP Concerts and NiteLite Promotions are proud to present The Moody Blues at Embassy Theatre on Friday, August 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

Donate just $5 for a chance to win tickets to the concert and a prize package that includes an autographed lithograph, CDs, and other Moody Blues items. The last chance to donate will be July 31 and the winner will be announced on Aug. 8.

The Moody Blues expressed a desire to support veterans at the local VA hospitals by soliciting donations to directly benefit patient welfare.

“We are a service organization always looking for projects to benefit people in the community. We are passionate about veterans that are hospitalized and hope that people will support our project by stopping at an Elks Lodge and donating,” said Keith Krider, of Local Elks Lodge Bluffton # 796. “It’s a great way to honor a vet.” People may also mail donations to the attention of Keith Krider, Bluffton Elks Lodge# 796, 213 S. Main St., Bluffton, IN. 46714. Checks should be made out to the Elks Lodge #796.

From July 4 – 31, you may donate at any of these Elk lodges:

Angola # 2398
2005 N. Wayne St.
Angola, IN. 46703
260/665-6408

Fort Wayne # 155
P.O. Box 5305-46895
4935 Hillegas rd.
Fort Wayne, IN. 46895
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Auburn, IN. 46706
260/925-2110

Rochester # 2120
2506 Country Club Dr. S
Rochester, IN. 46975-0106
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Bluffton # 796
213 S. Main St.
Bluffton, IN. 46714
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John Lodge Review at Rock N’ Horsepower Event http://www.moodybluestoday.com/john-lodge-review-rock-n-horsepower-event/ http://www.moodybluestoday.com/john-lodge-review-rock-n-horsepower-event/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:40:44 +0000 http://www.moodybluestoday.com/?p=1608 John Lodge – The Singer/Songwriter of The Moody Blues recently performed on June 14th at the Rock N’ Horsepower event at Hurtwood Park. “I’m Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band” – One of my favourite acoustic fast rock songs, pure unadulterated rock and roll. Truly incredible. Read more about the event here.

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John Lodge at Rock N’ Horsepower on June 14th

John Lodge – The Singer/Songwriter of The Moody Blues recently performed on June 14th at the Rock N’ Horsepower event at Hurtwood Park.

“I’m Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band” – One of my favourite acoustic fast rock songs, pure unadulterated rock and roll. Truly incredible.

Read more about the event here.

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Justin Hayward on the Creative Process http://www.moodybluestoday.com/justin-hayward-creative-process/ http://www.moodybluestoday.com/justin-hayward-creative-process/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:28:24 +0000 http://www.moodybluestoday.com/?p=1604 By: Ernie Manouse Justin Hayward, best known as the lead singer of The Moody Blues, came to Houston’s House of Blues recently to share with the audience his new music from his 2013 release “Spirits of the Western Sky.”   Of course, when attending a performance of Justin Hayward’s, you do hope you will hear some of his Read More...

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By: Ernie Manouse


Justin Hayward
, best known as the lead singer of The Moody Blues, came to Houston’s House of Blues recently to share with the audience his new music from his 2013 release “Spirits of the Western Sky.”   Of course, when attending a performance of Justin Hayward’s, you do hope you will hear some of his classic hits – and he did not disappoint.  He opened the show with “Tuesday Afternoon” and followed with a mix of the hits and new material – including Moody Blues tracks “Wildest Dreams” and “Nights in White Satin.”

Before the concert, Hayward made a little time available to chat with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse.  Together they discussed inspiration, song writing and fame.

Hayward began his career when he was first able to afford a Gibson guitar at the age of 15.  By 17, he had signed a publishing contract as a songwriter – but the biggest move of his young life came when he answered an ad in Melody Maker magazine.  He had done that once before –  leading to him getting hired by Marty Wilde to join his group The Wilde Three, but this time his letter was passed on to Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues.  Almost immediately, Hayward replaced departing vocalist and guitarist Denny Laine, and found himself a member of The Moody Blues.  It was 1966 and the world was just opening up to him – hits and bestselling albums followed and The Moody Blues became one of the best known bands of the era.

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John Lodge – New Solo Album Scheduled for March 2015 Release http://www.moodybluestoday.com/john-lodges-natural-avenue-remastered-edition-available-cd-vinyl/ http://www.moodybluestoday.com/john-lodges-natural-avenue-remastered-edition-available-cd-vinyl/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 23:46:55 +0000 http://www.moodybluestoday.com/?p=1593 John Lodge has a new solo album well in the works and is tentatively scheduled for release in March 2015.  As new updates develop we will be sure to post them here on MoodyBluesToday.com.  Stay tuned and come back often. In the meantime the re-released and re-mastered edition of “Natural Avenue”, the 1977 solo album by Read More...

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JOHN-LODGE-NaturalAvenueJohn Lodge has a new solo album well in the works and is tentatively scheduled for release in March 2015.  As new updates develop we will be sure to post them here on MoodyBluesToday.com.  Stay tuned and come back often.

In the meantime the re-released and re-mastered edition of “Natural Avenue”, the 1977 solo album by the MOODY BLUES’ bass player, vocalist and writer JOHN LODGE is available now!

Featuring contributions from guest musicians such as Kenney Jones, Chris Spedding, Mel Collins and Mick Weaver, the album was produced by Moody Blues’ producer Tony Clarke and was a Top 40 hit.

“Natural Avenue” has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes two bonus tracks, “Street Café” and “Threw it All Away”, originally released as a single in 1980. The reissue also features a lavish booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and a note by John.

The re-mastered “Natural Avenue” is also released as a collectible limited 180 gram vinyl edition featuring an exact facsimile of the original gatefold LP artwork, a lyric booklet and a bonus 12-inch single of “Street Café” b/w “Threw it All Away”

JOHN LODGE: “Natural Avenue” (CD)


1. Intro to Children of Rock n’ Roll
2. Natural Avenue
3. Summer Breeze, Summer Song
4. Carry Me
5. Who Could Change
6. Broken Dreams, Hard Road
7. Piece of My Heart
8. Rainbow
9. Say You Love Me
10. Children of Rock n’ Roll

Bonus tracks:

11. Street Café
12. Threw it All Away

Order the CD here - http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4522

Also available on 180 gram VINYL

 

Side One:
1. Intro to Children of Rock n’ Roll
2. Natural Avenue
3. Summer Breeze, Summer Song
4. Carry Me
5. Who Could Change

Side Two:
1. Broken Dreams, Hard Road
2. Piece of My Heart
3. Rainbow
4. Say You Love Me
5. Children of Rock n’ Roll

Bonus 12-inch picture sleeve single:

Side One:
Street Café

Side Two:
Threw it All Away

Order the Vinyl here - http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4523

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