What’s in a band’s name?
Whether the Moody Blues were actually either moody or blue when they chose their moniker is unclear.
But their performance on stage remains a joy to behold.
Even after 40 long years together, they seem fresh and relevant. Earning several standing ovations from the packed house on this last night of their current tour, the Moodies’ professionalism and
upbeat energy was superb.
They look in fine form and sound brilliant, playing to an audience which included a goodly number who must have first listened to this band in the days when they appeared complete with Mexican
drooping moustaches and flower power shirts and several now absent personnel.
The current Moody Blues focuses on original players – Justin Hayward on lead guitar, John Lodge on bass, and drummer Graeme Edge, together with clarinet, keyboards, percussion, and female vocalist
support, served up a selection from their many experimental styles albums right up to their obviously-aimed-for-the-Christmas-market latest, called December.
The harmonising was top quality, and the racing guitar solos from Hayward were inspired – on Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, it was reminiscent of Carlos Santana.
Other highlights included Tuesday Afternoon, Somewhere, and Higher and Higher dedicated to the first Moon Landing, spotlighting the zestful Graeme Edge – looking like Bill Oddie’s bigger brother –
doing an over-the-moon dance.
And you couldn’t, of course, end the night without Nights in White Satin, their haunting hypnotic classic tour de force.