John Lodge, the longtime bassist/vocalist of The Moody Blues, will be releasing a special CD/DVD box set, as well as a limited-edition 180-gram red vinyl double album titled Live From Birmingham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour, on October 18, 2017.
The presale for the box set begins on September 7 via PledgeMusic and will be released via iTunes and Amazon starting October 18. The limited edition 180g red vinyl double album will be available on November 20.
Considering Lodge’s and the Moodies’ collective longstanding history in regard to putting out hi-res releases all throughout their career, we here at HRAC expect Live From Birmingham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour to follow suit.
Live From Birmingham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour features Lodge’s final performance on his first-ever solo tour for 10,000 Light Years Ago, which took place in his hometown of Birmingham, England in 2016. The box set will contain a CD and DVD of the full concert, in addition to a special “behind the scenes” bonus DVD covering Lodge’s journey from his New York City release party through to the final concert in Birmingham. Roger Dean created the artwork for this special project, some 40 years after he first created the artwork for John’s first solo album, 1977’s Natural Avenue.
Following the 2015 release of 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge took his new music to the stage, performing with his own band for the very first time for the UK tour. Lodge was joined onstage by his “10,000 Light Years” band, including longtime collaborators Alan Hewitt (keyboards/music director) and Norda Mullen (flute) from The Moody Blues; Gordon Marshall (drums, formerly of The Moody Blues); Tim Maple (guitar); and Gemma Johnson (cello).
The band was specially put together for the UK dates to bring the music from 10,000 Light Years Ago and Lodge’s own songs from The Moody Blues canon to audiences never before heard in a solo arena such as “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),” “Gemini Dream,” “Ride My Seesaw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Candle of Life,” and more. He also performed the Lodge/Hayward song “Saved by the Music,” which first appeared on the Justin Hayward & John Lodge Blue Jays album in 1975.
As a member of The Moody Blues since 1966, John Lodge has spent much of his life touring the world as an integral member of the legendary rock and roll band. Natural Avenue was released 40 years ago in 1977, but its material was never performed live. When asked what took him so long to get his own show on the road, Lodge was quick to point out, with a smile, that he has been busy with his “other band,” and he’s also been making wine! (In fact, Lodhe has won several international awards for his Krisemma line of wines.) And now, finally, we get to hear (and see!) his solo acumen onstage with the release of Live From Birmingham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour.