Saturday, March 1, 2014

Moody Blues to Visit Strathmore, March 10-11

Justin HaywardGraeme Edge and John Lodge (r)

More than 70 million. That's how many albums British rock band The Moody Blues have sold during their legendary half-century career. The songs are legendary - "Gemini Dream" "Go Now," "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)" "In Your Wildest Dreams." "Nights in White Satin." "Tuesday Afternoon." Stop me when you've heard enough.

The Blues pay their first-ever visit to the majestic Music Center at Strathmore for two special performances, March 10th & 11th at 8:00 PM. I had the pleasure of catching them at DAR Constitution Hall in March 2010; and still regret missing their back-to-back shows at the Birchmere last August, part of their successful Spirits of the Western Sky tour. No doubt about it, core members Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward and John Lodge must be bathing in the Fountain of Youth. This year, the voyage continues... The Timeless Flight Tour, which opens next Wednesday at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey; before wrapping up September 5th at the Ravina in Highland Park, Illinois.

Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas,  (1970)

Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Moody Blues have stayed pretty much intact. Edge is an original member; while Lodge & Hayward remain from 1966, when the band re-formed. Mike Pinder left in the late 70's, and Thomas retired in 2002. What you'll hear live at Strathmore will sound like the Moody Blues, because they are the Moody Blues. Take it from me, a lifelong Foreigner fan... It makes a huge difference.

Some Orchestra seats are still available; but otherwise, both shows are sold-out. Act fast, and you could have a bird's-eye view of one of the greatest bands I've ever had the pleasure of seeing in person: They never disappoint. Click here to purchase tickets online for Monday night, here for Tuesday.