The Moody Blues to perform 'Days of Future Passed'
The iconic songs of The Moody Blues have remained popular for decades.
The band, which got its start in Britain in the 1960s, will bring its current tour to Ravinia on June 30. The Moody Blues' latest tour celebrates the group's second album "Days of Future Passed."
"That album changed my life and changed (all) of our lives completely," said bass player/vocalist John Lodge of The Moody Blues.
"Days of Future Passed" marks its 50th anniversary this year. During this season's Moody Blues concert, the group will perform "Days of Future Passed" in its entirety. Lodge said when they recorded the album, they never could have predicted how beloved it would be for fans.
"We were just young musicians just trying to write some songs to perform on stage," said Lodge. Starring on "Days of Future Passed" are standout numbers such as "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Nights in White Satin."
The Moody Blues was established as a group in Birmingham, England in 1964. The band,, starring Lodge, Justin Hayward and Graeme Edge, has won various awards including the NARM Number One World Group Award. The Hayward-penned "Nights in White Satin" is considered one of the top-selling rock songs in music history.
Lodge said the first half of the show will be dedicated to the hits and other tunes from The Moodies' repertoire. "During the second half, we'll perform 'Days of Future Passed,'" he said. "It's a very exciting project for us on stage," Lodge said, about performing one album in its entirety.
According to the musician the group hasn't performed some of the songs on the album since it was actually recorded. Listening to the album again, Lodge said, was a real nostalgic experience. "It brought back all the memories," from that time, he said.
Lodge loves the Chicago area and always looks forward to performing around the Windy City and the Region. The Moody Blues have regularly brought its show to Star Plaza Theatre as well as Ravinia, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino and other theaters. The musician said The Moodies first played Chicago in 1968. Chicago-area fans, Lodge said, have been "really loyal and incredible."
When asked why he thinks The Moody Blues' music has been so beloved with fans for decades, Lodge said he couldn't really put his finger on it, but explained "We appeal to a wide variety of emotions." He said all of their songs are written from a "truthful" place and many fans have found they can relate to the lyrics and emotions in the tunes.
In addition to touring with The Moody Blues, Lodge occasionally tours solo. He released the album "10,000 Light Years Ago" which is his second solo album, in 2015.
FYI: The Moody Blues will perform at 8 p.m. June 30 at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $100 and $120. Lawn seats are $44; on the day of performance lawn seat prices increase by $5. Visit ravinia.org. For more about The Moody Blues, visit moodybluestoday.com