“Days of Future Passed” Moody Blues mainstays Justin Hayward and John Lodge document the fascinating story of a true Hail Mary pass to avoid abject poverty and starvation, resulting not only in timeless hits “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Nights in White Satin” but also igniting a musical movement, Progressive Rock,
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part two of the Moody Blues “Timeless Flight” box set. John Lodge and Justin Hayward of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Moody Blues join me In the Studio.
Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back, it’s surprising how consistent their musical vision has remained regardless of musical trend or fashion , and singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward modestly acknowledges that critics either love them or crucify them for it.
When the subject of rock star excess and decadence is broached, the last band that could possibly come to mind would be Birmingham England’s Moody Blues. After all singer/ lead guitarist Justin Hayward, bass guitarist/ singer John Lodge, keyboardist Mike Pinder, the late flautist/ singer Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge spent their first seven albums […]
Demonstrating incredible “legs” into their third decade, we take the long distance trip back through time for the Moody Blues with the tasty Justin Hayward/ John Lodge album Blue Jays, a post- #1 Seventh Sojourn album side project ; Justin Hayward’s sublime “Forever Autumn” from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds in 1978; […]
To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how this progressive rock movement had matured, with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.
While it took YES barely 18 months to write and record “The Yes Album”, “Fragile”
, and “Close to the Edge”, it took almost thirty years for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s version of the Warren Commission to deny any conspiracy to bar Yes from induction. But it wasn’t soon enough for YES co-founder Chris Squire, who died prior to the Rock Hall relenting in 2017 .
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally employed some “affirmative action” this year with the induction of progressive rock icon YES, a band whose family tree has enormous branches.
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For Christmas 1971, my 11 year old brother received a present from me of a record album. While on the surface this would appear not the least remarkable … except that it was Meddle by Pink Floyd, containing the 18 minute long opus “Echoes”. Not your standard fare for fifth grade “show and tell “. […]