Welcome to the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” blog hop, aka #4m, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, with co-hosts Jamerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy.
I’m on a concert high once again, having attended
The Moody Blues DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED 50th Anniversary concert on July 7th.
This band is timeless, and sounds as good now, as in the past. It was a magical night!
The Moody Blues first formed in 1964 and their second single became a hit:
In 1966, Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the band and took it in a new direction,
pioneering what was to become known as “art rock” and “prog (progressive) rock”.
The aforementioned 1967 album, “Days of Future Passed”, combined orchestral
sounds with haunting melodies and stands the test of time.
Their signature song, “Nights in White Satin” (and my favourite!),
did not catch on with the public initially but was re-released
and became a huge hit in 1972 and again in 1979:
Over the years, they produced 16 studio albums, 17 compilation albums and 26 singles.
Their live shows are masterpieces of musicianship and artistic lighting.
My review of The Moody Blues “50th Anniversary of Days of Future Passed” concert
@ Sony Centre, Toronto on July 7, 2017:
This was our fourth time seeing the Moody Blues in concert, and I can honestly say it was THE most incredible experience of them all! My love for the band goes back to the album they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of: 1967’s “Days of Future Passed”. For the first half, they played some of their old hits, including a few that were not in their usual performance lineup, so that was a treat, right there. The “moody blue” psychedelic graphics were a nice touch, also. Imagine our delight to find a full orchestra on the stage when we returned from the short intermission! The “note for note, cut for cut” album recreation was spectacular, including some breathtaking graphics on screen, and a video of esteemed actor, Jeremy Irons, performing the poems, “Morning Glory” and “Late Lament”. Justin Hayward and John Lodge are still in fine voice, and drummer Graeme has retained his “Edge”. The rest of the band is stellar as well. In almost 50 years of attending concerts, this one was an absolute standout!
I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
Steppin’ in a Slide Zone
Say It With Love
Your Wildest Dreams
Isn’t Life Strange
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
The Story in Your Eyes
Set 2 (Days of Future Passed):
The Day Begins
(with Jeremy Irons) (performed live by the orchestra)
Dawn Is a Feeling
(listed as “Forever Afternoon (… more )
(Evening) Time to Get Away
(with Jeremy Irons)
Nights in White Satin
Ride My See-Saw
Note: Filmed for a future broadcast. Set 2 and the Encore featured a 67 piece orchestra
conducted by Elliot Davis.
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