THE MOODY BLUES TO EMBARK ON HISTORIC “DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR” PERFORMING THEIR ICONIC ALBUM LIVE ONSTAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY – FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
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The Moody Blues will launch a special live tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic, landmark album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, which was originally released in 1967. The band will reflect back on five decades of some of the most well beloved music in pop culture history this summer, when they perform live onstage, for the first-time ever, their epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra. The tour, titled DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY, will bring the live excitement of seeing the band perform their greatest hits in the first half, and then finish with DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED performed in the second half. The tour begins on June 3 in Rancho Mirage, California, and continues through July 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, hitting 25 cities (and 28 performances), including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Cleveland, Nashville, and many more.
Fans will have waited 50 years to experience this moment in time, as the band’s first full-length studio album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, was a ground-breaking concept album when it was first released. So unique in its approach, the recording of their first studio album turned out to be piece of music history. Their record label, Decca Records, had requested that the band record an album to test “stereo recording,” which was in its infancy at the time. Being primarily a classical label, The Moody Blues were asked to record a rock version of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony. The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms. Behind closed doors, they 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 today, many consider a masterpiece – featuring one full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person with songs that include: “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.”
From DAYS, the song “Tuesday Afternoon” became a massive worldwide hit, and “Nights In White Satin” marked one of the first four minute songs played on the radio, going on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history, and hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard. The ultimate result: one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time.
The Moody Blues:
Experimentally fusing classical and rock music for over forty years made quite a name for the members of The Moody Blues. The English rock band pioneered a new brand of rock music at a time when most bands were trying to make the genre louder and more chaotic. The Moody Blues have mastered the art of performing live on tour dates, and their concur schedule has been almost consistently full since 1970. Despite only Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge remaining, The Moody Blues continue to play tour dates in 2011 on the Precious Cargo Tour.
The Moody Blues' first performance was in spring of 1964, with their first hit single -- a cover of Bessie Banks' "Go Now" -- being released in the fall. In 1967, The Moody Blues attempted to record a rock version of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony. The band eventually abandoned the project, but persuaded the composer to help them record a concept album using Decca's London Festival Orchestra. The result was The Moody Blue's hit record, Days of Future Passed reaching #27 on the UK Albums Chart and reaching #3 on the Billboard 200.
The Moody Blues' follow-up album, In Search of the Lost Chord, featured Justin Hayward's sitar skill as well as the hit singles "Legend of a Mind" and "Ride my See Saw". The Moody Blues felt their popular orchestral sound was hard to recreate on tour dates and set out to make a record that could be performed thusly. The result was 1970's A Question of Balance, which shot to the top of both US and UK charts.
After extensive international tours for the next two years, the members of The Moody Blues found themselves physically exhausted. The band decided to go on indefinite hiatus in 1974 and reunited in1977 to record a new album, at the urging of Michael Pinder. Conflict ensued and Pinder eventually quit work on the album before it was done. Octave was finally ready for release in 1978 and world reunion tour dates planned, when Pinder backed out of the tour, citing his family as the reason. The other members of the band replaced Pinder, which would eventually lead to a long line of keyboardists that wouldn't be included in the band's official roster.
Despite the obvious loss of Pinder's songwriting and psychedelic Mellotron, The Moody Blues' next album, Long Distance Voyager, was a huge success. Keys of the Kingdom achieved only modest success, prompting the band to take a seven-year hiatus. Despite the recording hiatus, The Moody Blues maintained a consistent concert schedule, attempting to finally master the incorporation of an orchestra into live performances. The recording hiatus ended in 1998 when the band began recording Strange Times.
The Moody Blues continue to put on amazing live shows that they've honed over their tenure. The Moodies have 2011 tour dates planned for the spring/summer on their US Precious Cargo Tour. The concert schedule begins on April 27 in New Orleans and will mostly visit states in the western part of the United States, with a few tour dates in the mid-west. The Moody Blues' tour dates for 2011 end on June 11 in Chicago, and with many VIP Package Sales sold-out, fans should buy their tickets soon.