The Moody Blues going big for album anniversary

bassist John LodgeThe Moody Blues going big for album anniversary

John Lodge: “We will do something special”

By David Sands
April 1, 2016

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of The Moody Blues’ groundbreaking record, Days of Future Passed, and the band is making big plans to celebrate the occasion.

The 1967 album, which famously made use of the London Festival Orchestra, marked the group’s transition from a white R&B outfit into a pioneering pychedelic rock group. Its heady mix of rock and classical music is viewed as paving the way for prog rock. Days of Future Passed was also the group’s first album to feature bassist John Lodge and singer-guitarist Justin Hayward.

Lodge recently told ABC Radio that the Moodies want to honor their landmark recording in a fitting way.

“We are planning right now to do a concert with an orchestra,” he said. “We haven’t decided where yet, but these are our plans, that we will do something special.”

What’s more, he told the radio service the performance will also be recorded and issued as a “long-form video or DVD.”

If everything goes according to plan, they’ll also be commerorating the anniversary with a special tour. According to Lodge, it’s even possible that former Moody Blues members, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, could be part of the Days of Future Passed festivities.

“It’ll be down to Ray and Mike, to be honest, [depending on] how they feel about it.” he told ABC Radio, “We’re still in the planning stage trying to work it all out at the moment.”

The Moody Blues are currently touring the United States on their “Fly Me High” tour.

John Lodge’s 2015 solo release, 10,000 Light Years Ago, is available here:

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