A couple months ago I heard that the Moody Blues were coming to town. Having missed them when they were here a couple years ago, I jumped online and snagged a pair of tickets before they were gone. You never know what kind of show you'll get with geezers but I've loved their music for 40+ years and figured it was worth a gamble. Tickets were going fast so I figured that was a good sign - although last time I saw Dylan a couple years ago tickets were getting snapped up too but it was a mighty disappointing outing.
So Friday eve the wife and I hustled off th the Pechanga Resort & Casino's Showroom where there's truly not a bad seat in the house (but some are better than others). You can sit and sip a cocktail in comfort whilst enjoying your show - which is perfect for an aging rocker like meself. We were 8 rows back center and the view was good.
Lemme tell you, these guys still rock. Graeme Edge just turned 70 and still bangs a mean drum. Plus they've got another drummer/percussionist with them, two organ/keyboard players, a dynamite lady on flute & vocals and, of course John Lodge & Justin Hayward. The band is tight. You could step back in time 30 years and they wouldn't sound any better. Honest.
Swapping their older classics with some of their newer material, they entertained us for 2 solid hours and appeared to be really enjoying themselves as well. The crowd was frequently on their feet showing their appreciation. The crowd was, on average, as old as the band with a few real old timers thrown in along with a smattering of youngsters. We managed to wring 2 encores out of them.
I had a silly grin plastered on my face for most of the show because it was if I had been transported back to my college days - except I'm with a better looking lady now. They had a great light show going on behind the band - sometimes just psychedelics and other times shots of the band back in the day. During 'Nights In White Satin' they played a video of the band performing it many moons ago - sounds the same today as when they cut it. I shot a little video but my phone died about 2 minutes in so here's a full cut for your listening pleasure.
So if you click the link here and find they're going to be in your area, you won't be disappointed. The voices are still there, the sound unmistakable. The orchestral fill is rich, the new members meld nicely to produce the same rich sound. If you ever got lucky with the Moody Blues playing in the background, check them out again. Lightening might just strike twice.