Moody Blues will bring "Voyage Continues" to the U.S.
... English prog-rockers the Moody Blues
will first take their "Voyage Continues" tour to the U.K. before heading across the pond for a fall run across the U.S. The platinum-selling outfit will kick off the overseas portion with a June 5 show in Oxford and continuing for another 16 major-market European stops. The U.S. leg gets underway Sept. 26 in Louisville, KY, and stops by theaters and casinos in 27 cities before wrapping up Nov. 2 in Rancho Mirage, CA. The worldwide outing will promote the summertime release of its career box set, "Timeless Flight." That collection will feature 11 CDs, including a career retrospective and live performances. Three of the 11 discs will feature video and concert footage, and another three will include new mixes of six of the band's most popular albums. Moody Blues
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The Moody Blues Announce Box Set Tour
... Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado) 8. This is the Moment 4:39 (From Gloryland: World Cup USA '94 - June 1994) 9. Eternity Road (live) 4:41 10. Question (live) 6:20 (Recorded live 8th March, 1997 by BBC Radio Two at the NEC, Birmingham) 11. English Sunset 5:05 12. Strange Times 4:29 13. The Swallow 4:58 (From Strange Times - August 1999) 14. December Snow 5:10 (From December - released October 2003) Total time: 75:58 Moody Blues
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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward Releasing New Solo Album
... up with 'On The Road To Love'. Kenny plays and sings on the track with me. "This album is a labor of love. It's been my whole life for the last few years. I know we all have many choices nowadays and I thank everyone who gives my album a listen and brings these songs into their collection. Every track is truly from my heart". Justin Hayward Tour Dates/Tickets Justin Hayward CDs, DVDs and MP3s Justin Hayward T-shirts and Posters Justin Hayward CDs, vinyl and rarities antiMUSIC News featured on RockNews.info and Yahoo News . ...end .News Reports The Moody Blues
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The Moody Blues (1964-)
Denny Laine (guitar, vocals) 1964-1966
Mike Pinder (keyboards, vocals) 1964-1978
Ray Thomas (flute, vocals) 1964-
Clint Warwick (bass) 1964-1966
Graeme Edge (drums) 1964-
Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals) 1966-
John Lodge (bass) 1966-
Patrick Moraz (keyboards) 1978-1992
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The band started as the M&B Five, named after a brewery in Birmingham, England called Mitchell and Butler, which sponsored the band. When the group outgrew pub dates, they changed the name to The Moody Blues, "moody" because that was their image (dark clothing, never smiling), and "blues" because that was their style of music. Both the moody and blues monikers became irrelevant once they released their 1967 Days of Future Passed album, but they were stuck with the name.
Pinder and Thomas began as members of El Riot and the Rebels. Laine was in Denny Laine and the Diplomats, whose drummer was future ELO member Bev Bevan. Edge was in Gerry Levene and the Avengers with another future ELOer, Roy Wood.
After his departure from the band, Laine became a member of Paul McCartney's Wings.
Thomas found Hayward by sifting through responses to an ad posted by Eric Burdon, who was looking for a new Animals lineup.
They established their own label, Threshold, as a subsidiary of Decca in 1969. They proceeded to sign various acts that you've probably never heard of such as Trapeze, Tymon, Providence and Nicky James. As a result, Threshold contrived to not make much money.
Moraz had been a member of Refugee and Yes before his work with the Moody Blues.
They began as a R&B band, part of the British Invasion. Once they began using a Mellotron, they developed their signature sound.
They appeared on an episode of The Simpsons that was set in Las Vegas. (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
The Moody Blues were the only band to regularly use a Mellotron (an early sort of synthesizer that used tape loops instead of electronic tone generators) in concerts. They could do this because Mike Pinder had worked for the company that had invented it, and he knew its workings so well. (thanks, Dennis - Anchorage, AK)
With the exception of a few years in the mid-1970s, the Moody Blues have toured and recorded since 1964. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The band started a chain of Threshold record shops in the UK. At one time there was a dozen throughout the country but by 1990 only the one in Cobham remained. Justin Hayward
recalled to Q
magazine in 1990: "We worked on the principle that the shops would be stocked with real turn-on kind of records, turn the general public on to great music, and we had booths where you could go and listen to the records. But people would come and listen to the records and then go down the street and buy them a quid cheaper at Woolworth's. That's where our whole plan broke down..."
Brad Smith of Blind Melon
The Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
"Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always