KEEP SIN­GIN’ THE BLUES

Prog - - Letters - An­thony Vin­cent

I think Justin Hayward’s com­ment con­cern­ing The Moody Blues hav­ing lit­tle con­tact with each other out­side of work can only re­fer to the present line-up.

John Lodge has been a friend of Ray Thomas since their teens, con­tin­u­ing to live a few miles apart and in fairly reg­u­lar con­tact. Sim­i­larly Ray has rekin­dled his friend­ship with Mike Pin­der since leav­ing the band and through these links the three were re­united on John’s 2015 solo al­bum [10,000 Light Years Ago].

It is this sort of recorded re­union that I would have pre­ferred to see the band hav­ing (how­ever un­likely) and agree with Justin’s com­ments re the likely let­down of a live per­for­mance. How­ever, the time has passed and a likely mix of band pol­i­tics and health is­sues seems to have left the Mood­ies’ recorded ca­reer at an end with the so-so 2003 Christ­mas al­bum [De­cem­ber] rather than a pos­si­ble fi­nal burst from the glo­ri­ous clas­sic five. At least the Days Of Fu­ture Passed an­niver­sary ar­rived just in time to liven up a rather pre­dictable stage show for what has al­ways been a great live band. It might just have added an­other 12 months to their ex­is­tence.

What­ever, there will never be an­other band quite like The Moody Blues and if some­one had told the teenage me in the early 1970s that they would still be in ex­is­tence in 2017, you could imag­ine the re­sponse. Thanks for the piece.

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