Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder contribute to bassist’s new album
By Mindy Rochwerg
January 5, 2015
According to the Examiner, bassist and co-front man for The Moody Blues, John Lodge, has just finished recording his solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago, and has revealed on his official Facebook page that former band members, Ray Thomas (flute) and Mike Pinder (keyboard), appear as guests on one of the tracks, which wasn’t named.
The album is Lodge’s second solo album, following 1977’s Natural Avenue. 10,000 Light Years Ago will be released in North America April 14 on Esoteric Antenna, a label of the British Cherry Red Records Group.
Lodge, a member of the band since 1966, is the composer of the Moody Blues’ hits “Peak Hour,” “Ride My See Saw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band),” “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone” and “Gemini Dream” (with Justin Hayward).
Thomas left the Moody Blues in 2002 and Pinder retired after the band’s recording of their album, Octave, in 1978.
There will be a pre-launch party for the new album in New York in April and one in the U.K. in June. The NYC party is billed as an “INTIMATE NEW YORK PARTY FOR FANS AND GUESTS AT JOE’S PUB” and will feature a playback of the album, a Q & A session with Lodge and a live acoustic performance of several of the songs on the album.
Lodge will be joining the Moody Blues on their recently announced 2015 tour of North America. Timeless Flight – The Polydor Years Tour will hit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning on March 19 in Worchester, Massachusetts. The tour is to promote the band’s newly released box set, The Polydor Years 1986-1992, which was released Dec. 9 on Universal.
John Lodge’s first solo album, Natural Avenue, is available here
The Moody Blues album, Octave, is available here
Timeless Flight is available here
The Best of the Moody Blues is available here