The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

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Real Estate Agent with 1st Action Real Estate

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.

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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. 

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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.

 

Comments (6)

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

I am so jealous...the Moody Blues...are you serious?  Moody Blues and The Who are my two most favorite bands....I've seen The Who and now will have to watch for the Moody Blues....did I mention I am so jealous!! Doubt if they are coming to Nebraska but I guarantee they would sell out the Viaro event Center here in Kearney!

May 23, 2011 04:34 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

There is nothing cooler than a good "Nostalgia Tour" or "Reunion Tour".

Sometimes there are only 1 or 2 of the original band members, but now and then you get the whole group. 

(The one noticeable difference between 70's / 80's concerts and today is the Price!   And you can't climb the Fence or sneak in through the Roadie's entrance anymore).

 * * *  Glad you enjoyed the show, Gene! * * *

May 23, 2011 04:40 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

I love the Moody Blues! I've never seen them in concert, but that is something on my bucket list. Glad you had a great time!

May 23, 2011 04:41 PM
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Enjoyed the video, Gene!  I didn't know they were in town. I would've enjoyed that!

May 23, 2011 06:36 PM
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Gene ... Excellent review of your MOODY BLUES show experience at Pechanga, and it was probably great fun.  I was a MOODY BLUES fan way back in the day and saw them one evening at the Berkeley city auditorium, remember their rendition of "Nights In White Satin", and fun then too. 

May 24, 2011 01:52 PM
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison

so many reunion or oldies tours are just to wrestle up a few bucks for the old boys. And while I guess I don't have a problem with that, the MB have been touring almost constantly for several years and they genuinely seem to be enjoying themselves. certainly the crowd enjoyed them and they sound awesome.

May 24, 2011 02:14 PM