JOHN LODGE UN­VEILS LIVE BOX

Al­bum of Moody Blues bassist’s Birm­ing­ham show gets a re­lease date.

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Live record­ings from John Lodge’s first ever solo tour will be of­fi­cially re­leased on Oc­to­ber 20 via the mu­si­cian’s own la­bel, Keep­ing The Faith. Live From Birm­ing­ham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour fea­tures cover art­work from Roger Dean and will be avail­able on CD/DVD and lim­ited edi­tion red vinyl. It’s been fi­nanced through PledgeMu­sic.

“I re­ally wanted to make some­thing spe­cial be­cause it was the first tour I’d ever done on my own,” ex­plains Lodge. “I was on Cruise To The Edge this year and Roger Dean was there. He did the art­work for my first al­bum, Nat­u­ral Av­enue, so I asked if he would do some­thing for this one. Be­cause it was go­ing to be on vinyl, I wanted a nice piece of art­work.”

The dou­ble-CD/DVD set was recorded at last year’s home­com­ing con­cert at Birm­ing­ham Town Hall and also fea­tures fly-on-the-wall footage chart­ing the re­lease of the al­bum, 10,000 Light Years Ago, as well as clips from the mu­si­cian’s in­ti­mate acous­tic show at Hamp­ton Court Palace.

“I was re­ally pleased to get back to Birm­ing­ham be­cause that’s where I’m from,” he tells Prog. “Birm­ing­ham Town Hall is an iconic venue; I saw peo­ple like Lit­tle Richard, Gene Vin­cent and Buddy Holly there back in the 50s and 60s. That was one of the big things about per­form­ing there – it com­pleted the cir­cle.”

Lodge con­cludes his solo tour of the USA this au­tumn, and will re­turn State­side with The Moody Blues in the New Year.

For more, visit www.john­lodge.com. NRS

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