Winter is upon us and that’s about a good a time as any for the disclosure of some of the tours that will be heading our way in Spring and Summer. It’s probably a little too early for the Fall ones but I will not say anything else because that might launch a barrage of them and that would keep me busy. So with that said let’s share the recently revealed new by the legendary Moody Blues who will embark on the “Days Of Future Passed” 50th Anniversary tour. The full press was culled from their official website along with the dates. I’ll close this up with some editorial though so dig in.
The Press Release:
Los Angeles, CA (Feburary 16, 2017)– The Moody Blues will launch a special live tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic, landmark album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, which was originally released in 1967. The band will reflect back on five decades of some of the most well beloved music in pop culture history this summer, when they perform live onstage, for the first-time ever, their epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra. The tour, titled DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY, will bring the live excitement of seeing the band perform their greatest hits in the first half, and then finish with DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED performed in the second half. The tour begins on June 3 in Rancho Mirage, California, and continues through July 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, hitting 25 cities (and 28 performances), including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Cleveland, Nashville, and many more.
Fans will have waited 50 years to experience this moment in time, as the band’s first full-length studio album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, was a ground-breaking concept album when it was first released. So unique in its approach, the recording of their first studio album turned out to be piece of music history. Their record label, Decca Records, had requested that the band record an album to test “stereo recording,” which was in its infancy at the time. Being primarily a classical label, The Moody Blues were asked to record a rock version of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony. The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms. Behind closed doors, they came up with the concept of fusing classical music with rock, but written to their own soundtrack. The result was DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, an album that today, many consider a masterpiece – featuring one full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person with songs that include: “The Day Begins,” “Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling,” “The Morning: Another Morning,” “Lunch Break: Peak Hour,” “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon),” “Evening Time to Get Away”; Twilight Time” and “The Night: Nights In White Satin.”
From DAYS, the song “Tuesday Afternoon” became a massive worldwide hit, and “Nights In White Satin” marked one of the first four minute songs played on the radio, going on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history, and hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard. The ultimate result: one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time.
Says Hayward, “Little did we know when we made DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED that it would eventually change our lives — it took five long years to make it the top of the charts. But we mustn’t take all the credit for this remarkable project — there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced. We just wrote the songs — about every-man. My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place. It will be a joy to return to it, live.”
Adds Lodge, “DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED…seven days that changed my world…”
From the time the British band first hit the rock scene, The Moody Blues have continued to produce music that bridge the gap between rock, classical and pop-rock genres. Featuring guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues’ sound has held its ground in a genre of music that is ever-changing.
The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. Their roster of hits include: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few. The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands of all time.
The Tour Dates:
6/3/17: Agua Caliente Casino @ Rancho Mirage, CA
6/4/17: Starlight Theater @ Pala, CA
6/6/17: The Mountain Winery @ Saratoga, CA
6/7/17: The Mountain Winery @ Saratoga, CA
6/9/17: Edgefield @ Portland (Troutdale), OR
6/10/17: Chateau Ste. Michelle @ Seattle (Woodinville), WA
6/11/17: Chateau Ste. Michelle @ Seattle (Woodinville), WA
6/17/17: Hollywood Bowl @ Los Angeles, CA
6/18/17: Ironstone Amphitheatre @ Murphys, CA
6/20/17: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre @ Denver (Englewood), CO
6/27/17: Orpheum Theatre @ Minneapolis, MN
6/28/17: Milwaukee Summerfest @ Milwaukee, WI
6/30/17: Ravinia Park @ Chicago (Highland Park), IL
7/1/17: Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts @ Dayton (Kettering,) OH
7/2/17: Hard Rock Live @ Cleveland (Northfield), OH
7/6/17: Sony Centre For Performing Arts @ Toronto, ON
7/7/17: Sony Centre For Performing Arts @ Toronto, ON
7/9/17: Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre @ Wallingford, CT
7/10/17: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion @ Boston, MA
7/12/17: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater @ Wantaugh, NY
7/13/17: PNC Bank Arts Center @ Holmdel, NJ
7/15/17: Mann Center for the Performing Arts @ Philadelphia, PA
7/16/17: Saratoga Performing Arts Center @ Saratoga Springs, NY
7/18/17: Sands Bethlehem Events Center @ Bethlehem, PA
7/19/17: Pier 6 Pavilion @ Baltimore, MD
7/20/17: Wolf Trap @ Vienna, VA
7/22/17: Ryman Auditorium @ Nashville, TN
7/23/17: Chastain Park Amphitheatre @ Atlanta, GA
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I was never a proper study of the bands rich catalog, there are a good amount of songs that I love since I have been hearing them for so many years thanks to friends and of course family members. I remember my Mom loved the “Nights In White Satin” song very much when she was tuning into the Rock stations back in the day and if I can get myself to one of the regional appearances it will be great to document it for you all right here on the website. It will be interesting for sure to hear such a legacy work be done in it’s entirety. That makes me also make a calendar note that a “Music Milestone” will need to be cobbled together on the albums actual anniversary date in November. I have time for that one though. So what do you readers think about this tour that is going to bring us to the end of Spring and into the Summer months? Let me know down in the comments section below.
Official Website: http://www.moodybluestoday.com