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The Moody Blues 

When: Sat., March 20 2010
Price: $75.50, $65.50, $45.50
moodyblues.co.uk
“Playing drums with a hangover is a very special form of agony that I don’t put myself through any more,” says drummer Graeme Edge, one of the founding members of British rock/pop legends The Moody Blues. The dapper combo came up during the era of the British Invasion. They are responsible in large part for proliferating a sweeping, strings-heavy, orchestrated pop style in the late ’60s and ’70s, and they’ve sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide. “What kind of rock band are we?” asks Edge. “That’s hard to say. We still believe in melody and offbeat, definitely. We’ve always thought that it was a bit of a nerve for a musician to expect his audience to know as much about music as he does, and to play at the limit of his ability and expect the audience to get it. You have to use your expertise to present the music for people on their level. It’s sort of a duty to use your expertise to translate what you have for them.” Led by singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, singer/bassist John Lodge, and Edge on the drum kit, the Moodys are on a massive 2010 tour with an additional percussionist, a keyboardist, keyboardist/vocalist, and flute player. The road trip comes on the heels of the recently released The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival on DVD. Fans can expect carefully arranged renditions of most of the hits — from such classics as “Nights in White Satin” and “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock ’n’ Roll Band)” to the ’80s “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” —T. Ballard Lesemann

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