Fans of the legendary Moody Blues will be giddy as a schoolgirl at the news that the bands singer John Lodge, will be embarking on a brief solo tour. Check out the full press copy down below and I’ll return with a light editorial.
The Press Release:
John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of The Moody Blues, and recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will embark on his second solo tour of the U.S. titled “The Moody Blues’ John Lodge: The 10,000 Light Years Tour” beginning on October 12 in Nashvile, TN and continuing through October 23, in Arlington, MA. The tour will support his live album Live from Birmingham, released in October 2017, featuring his classic Moody Blues hits, and some of this solo work from his 2015 studio album 10,000 Light Years Ago.
Lodge is looking forward to now bringing this solo tour to the U.S., saying, “‘Music is my life and I can’t wait to get on the road with my 10,000 Light Years Band… the venues are smaller and more intimate, but I love live concerts “have bass will travel” that’s the gypsy in me. I’ll always be a ‘Moody Blue’, but I love getting the chance to perform songs that I have never performed before, and of course classic Moody Blue songs. The fans and I have travelled this road a long time and I also hope new fans will discover and explore along with us’.
John will appear with his ’10,000 Light Years Band’, and together they capture the heart of classic Moody Bluessongs he has penned and recorded such as “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),” “Gemini Dream,” “Ride My Seesaw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Peak Hour”, “Evening Time’ (the latter two from Days of Future Passed), and the never before played live, “Candle of Life”. John will also perform songs from his solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago. This album received critical acclaim, and his song, ‘In My Mind,’ was nominated for “Anthem of the Year” in Prog Mag. John also has very special treats such as ‘Saved by the Music’ from the Blue Jaysalbum, and other new surprises that are being added to the set. This is a not-to-be-missed show full of beautifully crafted songs, great energy and sound, and a fantastic atmosphere.
Joining Lodge on stage will be his “10,000 Light Years Band,” specially put together for the U.S. dates, including long time collaborator Alan Hewitt (keyboards/music director).
As a member of The Moody Blues since 1966, John Lodge has spent much of his life touring the world, as part of a ‘rock n roll band’. His first solo album titled NATURAL AVENUE was released 40 years ago in 1977, but was never performed live. When asked what has taken him so long to get his own show on the road, John was quick to point out, with a smile, that he has been busy with his “other band”.
The tour will support his live album and DVD JOHN LODGE: LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM – THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR, recorded during his 2016 UK tour in his hometown. Artwork was designed by Roger Dean, and is available as DVD/CD box set, 180g Double Red Vinyl, and download via Pledge Music, Amazon and iTunes.
Check out the video trailer here:
During his remarkable career with the Moody Blues, Lodge John has received numerous awards including ASCAP (American Society Of Composers & Publishers) and an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and he has been voted one of the 10 most influential bass players on the planet. The Moody Blues are currently celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic album ‘Days of Future Passed’ with a hugely successful tour, including a sold out performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the current release of their live album ‘Days of Future Passed, Live’, which reached the top of US DVD charts, and an upcoming 3 week residency at the Wynn in September. The Moodies continue to perform their music to fans across the generations, and can also currently be seen performing at the Rock and Rolll Hall of Fame Induction on HBO, and on Amazon Prime, and featuring two of John’s hits, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)”, and ‘Ride My See-saw’.
Lodge also has a wine line titled “Krisemma Wine,” which has won several prestigious international awards including ‘Best South African Chardonnay’ in the International Wine Challenge. Tour dates/venues for “JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES: THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR” are as follows:
The Tour Dates:
October 12: City Winery @ Nashville, TN
October 14: City Winery @ Washington, DC
October 15: Sellersville Theater @ Sellersville, PA
October 17: City Winery @ New York, NY
October 19: The Flying Monkey @ Plymouth, NH
October 20: Infinity Hall @ Norfolk, CT
October 21: Greenwich Odeum @ Greenwich, RI
October 23: Regent Theatre @ Arlington, MA
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told I’ve never been the biggest follower of The Moody Blues career so cannot speak too deeply about this. My friends love them however, and that means if I can swing the regional show when the time comes, I will bring you the best vibe that I can. Perhaps you are up on the band a lot more and can school those readers who are in the same boat as myself. Fill me in folks, I am counting on you. Now back to the trenches to bring you the latest in our entertainment circle. See you next time around.