Our delightfully witty Moodies drummer, Graeme Edge, has squelched the speculation about a possible "reunion" concert of the remaining Moodies (Graeme, Justin and John) with Mike Pinder, who showed up at the Moodies concert in Santa Rosa CA a few days ago. I'm friends with Graeme on Facebook, and he posted this observation:
"Hi rascals, well what a surprise mick ponder turned up at the gig. It was good talking over old times but contrary to the speculation there are no plans for a concert sadly. Strange to think it was forty years ago mick left. Half a life ago."
As a friend of Graeme on FB (where he goes by the name of "Gray Edge," I know his spelling is often horrendous, and he always refers to the fans as "rascals." But I think I heard way back when that as a band members' joke, he used to refer to Mike Pinder as "Mick Ponder"-- as in, the guy who 'ponders' the universe and all things spiritual. So I suppose this messing with Mike's name was a bit of Graeme's humor.
But in seriousness, despite the photos we've seen of John standing between Mike and Graeme backstage and smiling for the cameras, I think Graeme has gently, but firmly, shut the door on what I've seen as John's 'freelancing' to propose and promote a potential 'reunion' of the Classic 7 Moodies. It certainly has gotten John a lot of attention in recent interviews for his new CD release. I think John is indeed sincere about his desire to organize a reunion for the 2017 50th anniversary of Days, but you can't force others to do what you might personally want.
And Justin was notably absent from those backstage photos. It ain't gonna happen until the blond guy sings...