Join Rock Legends Live! host Bill Shelley for an entertaining and eye-opening tribute to one of the most artistically ambitious and legendary rock bands of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
Join Rock Legends Live! host Bill Shelley for an entertaining and eye-opening tribute to The Moody Blues. Highlights will include rare live concerts, promo films, as well as TV shows from Europe and the USA. Among the many featured songs will be “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “Legend of a Mind,” “Voices in the Sky,” “I’m Just a Singer a Rock and Roll Band,” “Question,” and many more! The Moody Blues started the early 1960’s as a British blues band, but it wasn’t until 1964, when their first singer Denny Laine (who later was part of Wings) sang “Go Now!” that they had their first smash hit. After Laine quit the group in 1966, they reinvented themselves with singer/songwriters Justin Heywood and bassist John Lodge, who developed one of the first concept albums, while combining rock music with classical orchestration. Thus, in 1967, was born Days of Future Passed, with its smash hits “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” Well-regarded “concept” albums followed, ranging in subjects from reincarnation, ecology, moon landings and more. Song hits from these albums that will also be included in the program will be “The Story in Your Eyes,” “Lovely to See You Again,” “Isn’t Life Strange?” “Never Comes the Day,” and “Visions of Paradise.” Along with Ray Thomas on flute, Mike Pinder’s mellotron (one of the first used by any group), and Graeme Edge’s drumming and poetry, The Moody Blues became a top selling act in the music industry. By the 1970’s they were one of the most prolific bands on radio and on tour. They even formed their own record label, Threshold. When several original members left and were replaced with other musicians who brought their own aesthetics, the group saw a rebirth of a new audience. The 1980’s MTV video culture gave them a boost with more hits like “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” “Gemini Dream,” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” all of which will be included in the program. In total, The Moody Blues have sold over 70 million records, along with 14 Platinum and Gold disks. (Running time approximately 110 minutes.)
Presented by Shelley Archives Inc.