The Moody Blues says it will play 50th anniversary of 'Days of Future Passed' at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
February 18, 2017
The Moody Blues, the 1960s and '70s fathers of progressive rock, will undertake a 50th anniversary tour of its landmark album “Days of Future Passed” that will stop at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, the band says on its website.
The “Days of Future Passed” tour will perform at the event center on July 18, according to an announcement posted on www.moodybluestoday.
The event center has not announced the show, and ticket prices and on-sale dates were not immediately available, but the website says “onstage tour VIP and merchandise packages” will go on sale Feb. 28.
The show will be among just two Pennsylvania dates on the 28-date tour, according to the website. The other is July 15 at Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. But the Sands show promises to be far more intimate: The Mann’s capacity, with lawn seating, is 14,000; the Sands’ is just 2,550.
The tour will begin June 3 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and finishes July 23 in Atlanta.
“Days of Future Passed,” released in 1967, was The Moodies’ breakthrough album, selling platinum, breaking the Top 30 and producing the hits “Tuesday Afternoon” and the band’s landmark song “Nights in White Satin,” which has hit No. 1 on Billboard three times and is among the best-selling singles of all time.
It will be the first time The Moody Blues have played “Days of Future Passed” live on stage. The show will have The Moody Blues play its greatest hits in the first half, then finish with “Days of Future Passed” in its entirety.
“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,” the website announcement says.
The disc marked the first time a rock band fused its sound with a symphony orchestra. The website announcement says The Moodies’ record label, Decca, requested that the band record an album to test stereo recording, which was in its infancy at the time.
With Decca 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 its own terms, and came up with the concept of fusing classical music with rock.
“Little did we know when we made ‘Days of Future Passed’ that it would eventually change our lives,” lead singer Justin Hayward says in the website announcement. “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.”
The Moody Blues’ other 1960s and ‘70s hits included "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band)" and “Story in Your Eyes.” The group had resurgence in the 1980s with "Your Wildest Dreams."
The band has released 16 studio albums and 30 live and compilation albums, 14 of which have gone gold or platinum, and has sold 50 million albums worldwide. Its latest release was the 2013 box set "Timeless Flight."
The seven-member group has three members from its peak years: Vocalist/bassist John Lodge, vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward, and drummer Graeme Edge.
The group has played the Lehigh Valley many times – the last at Bethlehem’s Musikfest festival in 2014, drawing a crowd of 5,710. It also played Musikfest in 2007. It also played Easton’s State Theatre in 2012, 2010, 2003 and played two shows in a day there in 2002, and did the same thing in 2000. And it played Allentown Fair with Chicago in 1992.