The Moody Blues. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. July 10, 2017
My memories of the Moody Blues pretty much begin in the 80s when they had their resurgence thanks to the album "The Other Side of Life" and the song "Your Wildest Dreams" which was inescapable at the time. Though predominantly known as a 60s/70s rock band this album and its follow-up "Sur La Mer" (with the hit song "I know You're Out There Somewhere") pretty much introduced the band into a new era of fans. While not exactly my cup of tea at the time, it was pretty innocuous pop music that made people happy and, well, good for them. Although it was pretty shocking to come across their early, more pro-rock style of music it was indicative of a band that could innovate with the times and truly appeal to a cross generational kind of crowd.
Last night's performance at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion proved that this appeal was still evident. The crowd was mostly of the boomer generation (lots of older people in sundresses and Hawaiian shirts) but there were some young-uns in the crowd to give the audience a much more lively atmosphere that is usual at these kind of "nostalgia" tours. And the fact that they were performing their classic album "Days of Future Passed" in its entirety brought out a greater cross section of people. The album has long been a favorite for its lyricism, breadth and a bit of the "summer of love" atmosphere that many people are wistful for. Although the band has been reduced to just three members remaining from the period of that albums creation, their music was fleshed out by a very talented backing group of musicians. There was definitely a lushness to the songs that made for a nice summer evening soundtrack.
The show was divided into two acts. The beginning focused on a short survey of their hits. The two aforementioned songs from the 80s were a nice highlight (I had honestly forgotten about them so it was nice to hear them in an "I'm back in middle school" kinda way). And "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" was a great intro song. The second set consisted of "Days of Future Passed" and, while I'm officially over the whole "let's do an album in its entirety" thing, as it is a concept album it actually worked. During the intermission they amped up the media screens and it made for a nice compliment to the performance. They should reconsider the integration of old photos. At times if felt like I was at a 50th or 60th wedding anniversary and was being subjected to Grandma's slideshow of her "crazy time back in the Sixties!" That is a pretty small quibble though. The Moody Blues are perhaps not the most dynamic performers on stage but the music was tight, the band was really on point, and the boomers had a great time. All-in-all, a nice summer evening out on the waterfront with a good soundtrack.