Moody Blues, Roger Daltrey Headlining Music Cruise
... Moody Blues
are returning to the high seas next year. The rock band will host its second annual Moody Blues
Cruise next April, aboard MSC Cruises' MSC Divina. The five-night cruise, which leaves from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has a theme that entails the "Return to the Isle of Wight," with performances from several acts that performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight fest, including headlining sets from Moody Blues
and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Other acts coming onboard include The Zombies, Little River Band, Shawn Phillips and Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Carl Palmer, among others. Cruise prices, which are outlined in full on the event's website, include a variety of rooming options, ranging from interior cabins for $1099 up to balcony rooms that go for $3099. Many rooms have already sold out. In addition to performances, the musicians will also appear at fan Q&As and other special events while the ship travels to Nassau, Bahamas, and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. The cruise will begin Apr. 2 and return to Florida Apr. 7. Moody Blues
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Roger Daltrey To Take Part In The Moody Blues Cruise II
... The Moody Blues
are pulling out all the stops for their Return To The Isle of Wight themed The Moody Blues
Cruise II with the announcement that it will also feature The Who frontman Roger Daltrey. The cruise will be launching from Miami, FL on April 2, 2014 and will sail for five days and nights. The cruise ship, MSC Divina, will be visiting ports including Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos and Nassau, Bahamas during the voyage. The band selected the Isle of Wight theme based on their legendary performance at the 1970 festival. The bill also featured The Who and Daltrey will be performing his own material as well as classics from The Who on the cruise. In addition to The Moody Blues
and Daltrey, the cruise will also feature 1970 Isle of Wight performance alums Carl Palmer of ELP, Lighthouse and Shawn Phillips. Other big names that will be setting sail on the cruise include The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship and Little River Band. Fans that take the journey will also be able enjoy sets from Strawbs, Joe Williams of Toto, Glass Hammer, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Jimi Hendrix Tribute featuring Randy Hansen, Eagles Tribute featuring Danny Vaughn and The Prog Rock Orchestra, ... [ read more ]
Bettye LaVette Cover Brought Moody Blues Frontman To Tears
... (Radio.com) It's not uncommon on a TV singing competition for a judge to tell a contestant that they "own" a song when they do a new take on a famous classic. It's less common for the author of a song to offer such a compliment. But that's just what happened when Moody Blues
frontman Justin Hayward described to Radio.com his reaction to hearing soul singer Bettye LaVette's take on the band's iconic 1967 single, "Nights In White Satin." "I burst into tears," he said, "I just could not help myself. I wrote the song when I was 19, coming on 20 years old, but I heard it for the first time when I was 64 years old. She's one of the true, true greats." As for his own music , Hayward has a new solo album, Spirits Of The Western Sky, which he worked on with bluegrass musicians. "This little group of bluegrass players just sounded right for my voice," he explained of the unlikely pairing. more on this story Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. Bettye LaVette Cover Brought 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..."
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson
Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."