November 3, 2015


Rock legends The Moody Blues announce the lineup for their 2016 Spring tour titled FLY ME HIGH – which begins on March 3 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.  The tour, named after the band’s 1966 recording of “Fly Me High,” will hit 23 cities next spring.

The third annual Moody Blues Cruise titled Moody Blues Cruise III, will precede the tour from February 26-March 1, 2016, on the NCL Pearl launching from Miami, Florida, making stops in Key West, Florida and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.  Guest artist performers on the cruise will include: Chuck Negron, founding member of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner, former Grand Funk Railroad frontman, Vanilla Fudge, Brian Howe of Bad Company fame, The Zombies, John Waite, Christopher Cross, The Ides of March, Renaissance, Ambrosia and The Orchestra (a band featuring former members of ELO).  For more information visit: http://moodiescruise.com/.

The band named the 2016 tour “Fly Me High” to mark the 50th Anniversary of Justin Hayward and John Lodge joining Graeme Edge, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder as lead guitarist and bassist for the iconic band.  Says Hayward, “2016 is the 50th anniversary of John and myself joining the band, and one of the first things we did together that year was record ‘Fly Me High’ at our own expense at Regent Sound Studios in Denmark Street.”

“The ‘suits’ at Decca liked it but thought it could be recorded better,” continues Hayward.  “So we turned up at the Decca studios on the appointed day where we met Tony Clarke for the first time. He was assigned to us as ‘in house’ producer and we recorded the song again. Decca released the new version and it was picked up by the BBC who used it as a ‘jingle’ for a while. It was all absolutely great and ‘Fly Me High’ was the start of our new sound and direction. The Decca engineer on ‘Fly Me High’ was Gus Dudgeon who went on to produce mega hits with Elton John. He did a great job!”

Recalls Lodge, “1966…England wins the World Cup…I complete my college course…Ray Thomas telephones me (from our earlier days with El Riot and the Rebels)… I meet Justin…we go into the studios and record “Fly Me High”…we get a record deal with Decca Records.  We were truly “Flying High.”

Says Edge, “50 years ago Ray rang up John to invite him to join us, and Justin was also invited.  He laughingly continues, “I was a little put out as they were both over 6 foot and I, a mere 5 foot 8 inches, but over the next 50 years, I learned to look up to them.”

The Moody Blues – Justin Hayward (lead guitar, vocals), John Lodge (bass guitar, vocals) and Graeme Edge (drums) — have been at the forefront of the classic rock music scene since the 60’s with their multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles hitting Billboard at #1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20 and Top 40Their illustrious roster of hits include:  “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isnt Life Strange,” “Question,” “Im Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) andYour Wildest Dreams,and many more.

Venues/dates for the “Fly Me High” 2016 tour are as follows:

3/3/16              Hard Rock Live                                               Hollywood, FL

3/4/16              Sunrise Theatre                                              Fort Pierce, FL

3/5/16              REH                                                                Clearwater, FL

3/6/16              Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall                     Saratoga, FL

3/8/16              WDT                                                                Orlando, FL

3/9/16              King Center                                                     Melbourne, FL

3/10/16            Germain Arena                                               Estero, FL

3/11/16            St. Augustine Amphitheatre                            Saint Augustine, FL

3/12/16            Fox Theatre                                                    Atlanta, GA

3/15/16            North Charleston Performing Arts Center      N. Charleston, SC

3/16/16            Township Auditorium                                      Columbia, SC

3/18/16            Tivoli Theatre                                                  Chattanooga, TN

3/19/16            Harrah’s Cherokee Pavilion                            Cherokee, NC

3/20/16            Ryman Auditorium                                          Nashville, TN
3/22/16            Humanities and Fine Arts Center                   Wilmington, NC

3/24/16            Durham Performing Arts Center                    Durham, NC

3/25/16            Landmark Theatre                                          Richmond, VA

3/26/16            Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts       Newport News, VA

3/28/16            Belk Theatre                                                   Charlotte, NC

3/30/16            The Louisville Palace Theater                         Louisville, KY

3/31/16            Carson Four Rivers Center                            Paducah, KY

4/1/16              Horseshoe Bluesville Casino                          Robinsonville, MS

4/2/16              Beau Rivage Casino                                       Biloxi, MS


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