THE MOODY BLUES’ JOHN LODGE: 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR  COMES TO THE UK FOR SELECT DATES IN APRIL

THE MOODY BLUES’ JOHN LODGE: 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR COMES TO THE UK FOR SELECT DATES IN APRIL

John Lodge AndyJohn Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter & vocalist of The Moody Blues and recent inductee into the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame, brings his “The Moody Blues’ John Lodge:  The 10,000 Light Years Tour”to the UK for select dates in April – so far shows in Milton Keynes & London have been announced more to follow.

The tour will support Lodge’s Live from Birminghamalbum which was released in October 2017 and  features his classic Moody Blues hits, together with a selection of solo work from the 2015 studio album 10,000 Light Years Ago.

John says‘Music is my life and I can’t wait to get on the road with my 10,000 Light Years Band… the venues are smaller and more intimate, but I love live concerts “have bass will travel” that’s the gypsy in me.  I’ll always be a ‘Moody Blue’, but I love getting the chance to perform songs that I have never performed before, and of course classic Moody Blue songs.  The fans and I have travelled this road a long time and I also hope new fans will discover and explore along with us’. 

John will appear with his ’10,000 Light Years Band’, and together they capture the heart of classic Moody Blues songs he has penned and recorded including Isn’t Life Strange, I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band), Ride My SeesawGemini Dream, Steppin’ in a Slide Zone, as well asPeak Hour, & Evening Timeboth fromDays of Future Passedand the never before played live, Candle of Life.  

John will also perform songs from his solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago. This album received critical acclaim, and his song, In My Mind,was nominated for “Anthem of the Year”in Prog Mag. There will also be featured special treats such as Saved by the Musicfrom the Blue Jays album, and Legend of a Minddedicated to Ray Thomas.  This is a not-to-be-missed show full of beautifully crafted songs, great energy and sound, and a fantastic atmosphere that will ‘bring the audience to their feet’.

USA & UK Dates announced so far (more UK shows to be added):

Feb 4-9th        Cruise to the Edge      Tampa, FL

Feb 10th          Seminole Casino        Immokalee,FL
Feb 13th          Tupelo Music Hall       Derry,NH 
Feb 14th          The Suffolk Theatre    Riverdale,NY
Feb 15th          The Cabot                   Beverly, MA  

Feb 16th          The Newton Theatre   Newton, NJ

UK DATES (more to be added)

April 12th       Milton Keynes         Stables                        https://stables.org/event/john-lod

April 13th       London                      Cadogan Hall http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/john-lodge-190413/

Joining John on stage are long term collaborator Alan Hewitt(Music Director and Keyboards) and Billy Ashbaugh(Drums) from the Moody Bluestouring band, together with Duffy King(Guitars) and JasonCharboneau(Cello).   The North Coast Voice said: “The all-American band sizzled on the solo tracks and Moodies’ masterpieces’, on their recent tour.

As a member of The Moody Blues since 1966, John Lodgehas spent much of his life touring the world, as part of a ‘rock n roll band’.  His first solo album titled NATURAL AVENUEwas released 40 years ago in 1977, but was never performedlive.  When asked what has taken him so long to get his own show on the road, John was quick to point out, with a smile, that he has been busy with his “other band”.

The tour will support his live album and DVD JOHN LODGE:  LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM – THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR, recorded during his 2016 UK tour in his hometown.  Artwork was designed by Roger Dean, and is available as DVD/CD box set, 180g Double Red Vinyl, and download via Pledge Music, Amazon and iTunes. 

Check out the video trailer here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VhTIwicP64Q

During his remarkable career with the Moody Blues, LodgeJohn has received numerous awards including an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to Music and an ASCAP (American Society Of Composers & Publishers).   He was also recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  John has been voted one of the 10 most influential bass players on the planet.   The album ‘Seventh Sojurn’ was Billboard number 1 for 5 weeks, and Lodge wrote both the singles from this album, the high-energy I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band) and the beautiful and ethereal Isn’t Life Strange. 

The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums and are celebrating the 50thAnniversary of their iconic album ‘Days of Future Passed’ with a hugely successful US tour, which includes a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl.  The release of their live album ‘Days of Future Passed, Live’, recently reached the top of US DVD charts.  The Moodies continue to perform their music to fans across the generations, and can also currently be seen performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction on HBO, and on Amazon Prime, which features two of John’s hits, I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band), and Ride My See-saw.  

Lodge also has a wine line titled “Krisemma Wine,” which has won several prestigious international awards including ‘Best South African Chardonnay’ in the International Wine Challenge.

JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM ENTITLED “10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO” ON MAY 5

JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM ENTITLED “10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO” ON MAY 5

Press ShotEsoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is proud to announce the release of “10,000 Light Years Ago”, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 4th in the UK and R.O.W. and May 5th in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment).

As vocalist and bass player of THE MOODY BLUES, 10,000 Light Years Ago is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album, Natural Avenue”, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings.  A member of THE MOODY BLUES since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as Peak Hour”, “Ride My See Saw”, “The Eyes of a Child”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Gemini Dream (with Justin Hayward) and many more.

“10,000 Light Years Ago” also reunites Lodge with special guest contributions from former MOODY BLUES members – flutist RAY THOMAS and keyboardist MIKE PINDER on the song “Simply Magic.”  Legendary guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING also appears on the album, among others.  The new collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida. 

From the opening song In My Mind”, to the biographical Those Days in Birmingham”, the more reflective Simply Magic and Lose Your Love”;  to the rock influenced Crazy”, the jazz–tinged Love Passed Me By and the powerful Get Me Out of Here”, Lodge paints a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas.

Lodge comments; “Back in the 60s, when the dreams of a ‘new generation’ were being born, The Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the albumDays of Future Passed.’   The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives. When Days of Future Passed’ was successful I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create was the right one. Upon reflection, I suppose in my work with The Moody Blues and in my solo work I have continued to stick to that principle.” 

Lodge adds, “I think that this theme has continued in the music of The Moody Blues and in my music, and it’s a musical record of our generation travelling through life. With ’10,000 Light Years Ago’ I have continued this theme of constant evolution, as everything in the future remains in reach, and although the past is behind us, it once was our future.”

For more than 40 years, THE MOODY BLUES has been one of the most enduring and consistent groups in the world. Their remarkable music has enthralled generations of fans since the 1960’s, and their recorded legacy contains some of the most important and groundbreaking work in the history of popular music, having generated over 70 million sales throughout the world. During the course of their illustrious career the band has earned 18 platinum discs and won numerous awards, including the NARM Number One World Group Award of 1972, the Playboy Vocal Group of the Year Award, the Golden Ticket Award for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Gardens, as well as ASCAP and Performance Awards, the Ivor Novello Statue (in 1984 for an Outstanding Contribution to British Music), and an enviable place in rock history.

John reflects; “With a guitar, a blank piece of paper and a pen, the musical horizon has always been there. I go wherever the songs take me.”

JOHN LODGE will be on tour as a member of THE MOODY BLUES in April & May 2015 in the USA and in June in the UK.

JOHN LODGE: “10,000 Light Years Ago” track listing is as follows:

  1. In My Mind
  2. Those Days in Birmingham
  3. Simply Magic
  4. Get Me Out of Here
  5. Love Passed Me By
  6. (You Drive Me) Crazy
  7. Lose Your Love
  8. 10,000 Light Years Ago

 

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