The Moody Blues will launch a tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic landmark 1967 album, Days of Future Passed, commencing on June 3, 2017. On this tour, the band will reflect back on 5 decades of their musical history and will perform live, for the first time, the aforementioned epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra, in full. The Days of Future Passed – 50th Anniversary Tour will see The Moodies tackle their greatest hits in the first half of the show, and then finish with Days of Future Passed performed in its entirety in the second half.
As noted, the tour — featuring core Moodies members guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge — begins on June 3 in Rancho Mirage, California, and continues through July 23 in Atlanta, hitting 25 cities for 28 performances total, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Cleveland, Nashville, and many more. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Naturally, it goes without saying The Moody Blues and hi-res audio go hand in hand. In fact, I interviewed Moodies vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Justin Hayward about it all back when HRAC launched in 2014. In the interim, I’ve interviewed all of the Moodies principals — bassist/vocalist John Lodge, drummer Graeme Edge, former keyboardist Mike Pinder, former flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas, engineer Derek Varnals, and even more with Hayward — for a deep-dive interview series about the enduring impact of Days and the band’s venturing into quad and surround sound mixes, which will commence here on HRAC this summer not too long after the tour gets underway, so stay tuned.
Days of Future Passed was a groundbreaking concept album when it was released on the Deram label on November 10, 1967. The Moodies’ parent label at the time, Decca Records, had requested the band record an album to test the burgeoning “stereo recording” universe, which had also internally been dubbed as “Deramic sound,” hence the name of the offshoot label. Being primarily a classical imprint, Decca asked the band to record a “rock version” of Antonín Dvořák’s 9th Symphony. The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms.
Behind closed doors, The Moodies 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 many consider an enduring masterpiece — one full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person that included tracks like “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.”
“Tuesday Afternoon” became a massive worldwide hit, and “Nights in White Satin” went on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history, also hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard’s Top Singles charts. The ultimate result: Days of Future Passed has become 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 5 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. . . 7 days that changed my world. . .”
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.
“DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR” dates are as follows:
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 for the Performing Arts Vienna, VA
7/22/17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
7/23/17 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
For ticket and VIP Package information, visit: www.MoodyBluesToday.com.