Bonjour de France! Simple joys of collecting via eBay

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In some ways it’s a little too easy to collect Moody Blues items in the internet era.  Finding an official pressing of Moving Mountains was once a little tricky and meant digging around.   Now of course you can take your pick of a number of them on eBay.  But I don’t mind at all – some things that would have been out of reach or hard to find simply wouldn’t have come my way.

I watched the Nights In White Satin documentary (thank you, internet, for pointing me to the DVD release) and it was the first I heard of the story about the Patricia version of the song being out ahead of their own!  Some quick eBay looking for a very reasonable price, a 45 was on its way from France to my door.  It arrived with a post-it note signed “bonjour de France”.  A simple pleasure in connecting with another music lover in another part of the world.

More often than not now the Moodies items I find worth my interest come from abroad – France, Japan, Australia, of course, the UK.  I definitely get an added smile when something comes with a nice little note of thanks or sharing of an interest!

Mike Pinder Interview

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When I was in high school, I was fortunate enough to meet Mike Pinder and spend about an hour with him doing an interview for our local cable station.  I’m going to look into posting the video shortly, even though I find it hard to watch!
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Two days later, he did a signing at a local Borders book store and I was able to hang out with Mike and Tara over the course of the evening.

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I Want TOSOL In High Resolution!

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Almost unbelievably, The Other Side of Life celebrates its 30th anniversary.  To “celebrate” there is a vinyl release from Friday Music.  I would call it “ok.”  It’s nice to have a clean stamping on a heavy piece of vinyl, but it doesn’t sound any better than the 1986 vinyl if you find one that’s in tip-top shape, so no special remastering.  I find it strange that TOSOL, which did so much to bring attention and revival to the band, never got an upgrade at the 25th anniversary or now.  It should be ripe for it – it was the band’s first DDD release on CD, meaning it was recorded digitally.

I would have expected it would get an SACD or similar release given the import it has in the band’s portfolio.  The Core 7 got the SACD treatment, though one could argue that SACD is out of fasion.   Still, in the Mobile Fidelity days, everything up through Long Distance Voyager saw the gold disc and remaster treatment, but not TOSOL.

We do have the too-expensive box set, The Polydor Years which is almost an update if you imagine TOSOL along with the live concert CD from the accompanying tour, but it’s not truly an update to TOSOL.

So, not one to raise problems without offering solutions – how about a high resolution download?  I would love a high bitrate download of a FLAC or similar file.  This is often the high-end solution these days in place of physical media, and it should be relatively cheap and quick to produce.  And surely there’s an unreleased track or two kicking around, yes?  And if I really had my wish, it’d come with that original painting with the child that was nixed by the band!

Current Legend of a Band Tour Info

via legendofaband.com

DATE LOCATION VENUE TICKETS
Saturday 19th March ’16 Southend, UK Palace Theatre Details
Wednesday 23rd March ’16 Buxton, UK Opera House Details
Thursday 24th March ’16 Lincoln, U.K. Theatre Royal Details
Friday 25th March ’16 Eastbourne, U.K. Congress Theatre Details
Saturday 9th April ’16 Skegness, UK Embassy Theatre Details
Sunday 17th April ’16 Mansfield, UK Palace Theatre Details
Tuesday 19th April ’16 Wimborne, U.K. Tivoli Theatre Details
Thursday 19th May ’16 Portsmouth, U.K. Kings Theatre Details
Saturday 21st May ’16 Hunstanton, UK Princess Theatre Details
Thursday 26th May ’16 Oxford, UK The New Theatre Details
Friday 27th May ’16 Chelmsford, U.K. Chelmsford Civic Theatre Details
Friday 3rd June ’16 Folkestone, UK The Leas Cliff Hall Details
Friday 17th June ’16 Hayes, UK Beck Theatre Details
Saturday 18th June ’16 Telford, UK Oakengates Theatre Details
Friday 24th June ’16 Chesterfield, U.K. Winding Wheel Details
Friday 1st July ’16 Wavendon, U.K. The Stables Details
Sunday 3rd July ’16 Southend, UK Priory Park Details
Friday 8th July ’16 York, UK The Grand Opera House Details
Wednesday 13th July ’16 Birmingham, UK The Alexandra Theatre Details
Friday 22nd July ’16 Roses Theatre, U.K. Tewkesbury Details
Sunday 24th July ’16 Rotherham, UK Civic Hall Details
Thursday 28th July ’16 Torquay, UK Princess Theatre Details
Sunday 31st July ’16 Rhyl, UK Pavilion Details
Wednesday 3rd August ’16 Weymouth, UK Pavilion Details
Friday 30th September ’16 Clacton, UK Princes Theatre Details
Friday 24th March ’17 Horsham, U.K. Capitol Theatre Details

Where To Buy

Current catalog and available merchandise

Music and Videos

www.amazon.com or any other major retailer

https://patrickmoraz.neucart.com/ for Patrick Moraz solo albums

Mike Pinder‘s store

Tour t-shirts, mugs, etc.

http://shop.moodybluestoday.com

http://johnlodge.com/store for 10,000 Light Years Ago merch

https://shop.justinhayward.com/ for Spirits of the Western Sky merch

Padding out the collection

I’ve used eBay for quite a while – back when if ordering from the UK I had to get a money order from the post office, send it overseas and wait for my item.  Things are much different today and it’s a great way to find rare (or not!) items.

http://www.ebay.com

Other places to search around:

http://www.elusivedisc.com/

http://www.eil.com/

Current John Lodge Tour Info

via moodybluestoday.com

DATE LOCATION VENUE LINKS
TOUR: 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO TOUR
07/29/16 LEICESTERSHIRE, NORTH KILWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM KILWORTH HOUSE
09/03/16 STOCKTON-ON-TEES, UNITED KINGDOM BILLINGHAM FORUM THEATRE
09/04/16 STOCKPORT, UNITED KINGDOM STOCKPORT PLAZA
09/08/16 WIMBOME MINSTER, UNITED KINGDOM WIMBORNE TIVOLI
09/09/16 TORQUAY, UNITED KINGDOM TORQUAY BABBACOMBE THEATRE
09/10/16 LICHFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM GARRICK THEATRE
09/15/16 NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM NORTHAMPTON ROYAL & DERNGATE THEATRE
09/16/16 LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM CITY VARIETIES MUSIC HALL
09/18/16 SHREWSBURY, UNITED KINGDOM THEATRE SEVERN
09/23/16 STRAFORD-UPON-AVON, UNITED KINGDOM STRATFORD UPON AVON ARTS HOUSE
09/24/16 BUXTON, UNITED KINGDOM OPERA HOUSE BUXTON
09/29/16 KETTERING, UNITED KINGDOM KETTERING LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE
09/30/16 BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM TOWN HALL

Current Justin Hayward Tour Info

via moodybluestoday.com

DATE LOCATION VENUE LINKS
TOUR: JUSTIN HAYWARD 2016 STAGE DOOR US TOUR
05/11/16 PLYMOUTH, NH, UNITED STATES FLYING MONKEY
05/12/16 SALISBURY, MA, UNITED STATES BLUE OCEAN MUSIC HALL
05/14/16 CHESTER, NY, UNITED STATES SUGAR LOAF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
05/15/16 LEXINGTON, MA, UNITED STATES CARY HALL
05/17/16 RIDGEFIELD, CT, UNITED STATES RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
05/18/16 ALBANY, NY, UNITED STATES EGG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
05/20/16 SELLERSVILLE, PA, UNITED STATES SELLERSVILLE THEATRE
05/21/16 SELLERSVILLE, PA, UNITED STATES SELLERSVILLE THEATRE
05/22/16 SOUTH ORANGE, NJ, UNITED STATES SOUTH ORANGE PAC
05/24/16 NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES CITY WINERY – NYC
05/25/16 NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES CITY WINERY – NYC
05/26/16 NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES CITY WINERY – NYC
05/28/16 ANNAPOLIS, MD, UNITED STATES RAMS HEAD ON STAGE
05/29/16 ALEXANDRIA, VA, UNITED STATES BIRCHMERE MUSIC HALL
06/01/16 TULSA, OK, UNITED STATES BRADY THEATER
06/02/16 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, UNITED STATES HUDSON PERFORMANCE HALL
06/03/16 DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES MAJESTIC THEATRE
06/04/16 AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES PARAMOUNT THEATRE
06/07/16 TUCSON, AZ, UNITED STATES FOX TUCSON THEATRE
06/09/16 SOLANA BEACH, CA, UNITED STATES BELLY UP TAVERN
06/10/16 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, UNITED STATES THE COACH HOUSE
06/11/16 PASADENA, CA, UNITED STATES THE ROSE
06/12/16 AGOURA HILLS, CA, UNITED STATES THE CANYON CLUB
06/14/16 SACRAMENTO, CA, UNITED STATES CREST THEATRE
06/16/16 OAKLAND, CA, UNITED STATES YOSHI’S AT JACK LONDON SQUARE
TIME: 8:00PM. VIP PACKAGES ON SALE 3/17 AT 10AM. TICKETS ARE GA.
06/16/16 OAKLAND, CA, UNITED STATES YOSHI’S AT JACK LONDON SQUARE
TIME: 10:00PM. VIP PACKAGES ON SALE 3/17 AT 10AM. TICKETS ARE GA.
06/17/16 NAPA, CA, UNITED STATES UPTOWN THEATER
06/19/16 GRANTS PASS, OR, UNITED STATES THE ROGUE THEATRE
A FUNDRAISER FOR TEAM HOPE, A PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL CENTER MISSING EXPLOITED CHILDREN HTTP://WWW.MISSINGKIDS.COM/TEAMHOPE
06/20/16 PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES ALADDIN THEATER
06/22/16 BEND, OR, UNITED STATES TOWER THEATER
06/24/16 MT. VERNON, WA, UNITED STATES LINCOLN THEATRE
VIP PRESALE BEGINS MARCH 25TH
TOUR: JUSTIN HAYWARD 2016 STAGE DOOR UK TOUR
09/09/16 BACK QUAY, TRURO, UNITED KINGDOM TRURO HALL FOR CORNWALL
09/10/16 CHRISTCHURCH, UNITED KINGDOM REGENT CENTRE CHRISTCHURCH
09/11/16 CARDIFF, WALES ST. DAVID’S HALL
09/13/16 SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
09/14/16 KENT, UNITED KINGDOM CHATHAM CENTRAL THEATRE
09/16/16 STEVENAGE, UNITED KINGDOM STEVENAGE ARTS AND LEISURE CENTRE
09/17/16 GUILDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM G LIVE GUILDFORD
09/18/16 NEW BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM FLORAL PAVILION
09/20/16 ST ABANS, UNITED KINGDOM ALBAN ARENA
09/21/16 GATESHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM SAGE GATESHEAD
09/22/16 PERTH, UNITED KINGDOM PERTH CONCERT HALL
09/24/16 WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
09/25/16 ISLE OF WIGHT, UNITED KINGDOM SHANKLIN THEATRE

Current Moody Blues Tour Info

Via moodybluestoday.com

DATE LOCATION VENUE LINKS
TOUR: THE MOODY BLUES NIGHTS IN LAS VEGAS
10/07/16 LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES THE VENETIAN THEATRE
VIP MERCHANDISE PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.
10/08/16 LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES THE VENETIAN THEATRE
VIP PHOTO OP AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.
10/12/16 LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES THE VENETIAN THEATRE
PHOTO OP VIP PACKAGES AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.
10/14/16 LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES THE VENETIAN THEATRE
PHOTO OP VIP PACKAGES AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.
10/15/16 LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES THE VENETIAN THEATRE
PHOTO OP VIP PACKAGES AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE.
TOUR: FLY ME HIGH TOUR 2016
10/20/16 FARGO, ND, UNITED STATES SCHEELS ARENA
ONSTAGE TOUR VIP AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOW.
10/21/16 RED WING, MN, UNITED STATES TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO
MERCHANDISE PACKAGES AVAILABLE NOW.
10/22/16 DAVENPORT, IA, UNITED STATES THE ADLER THEATRE
VIP PACKAGES ON SALE NOW
10/25/16 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, UNITED STATES THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE NOW
10/26/16 ROCKFORD, IL, UNITED STATES CORONADO THEATRE
VIP PHOTO OP AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES AVAILABLE.
10/27/16 APPLETON, WI, UNITED STATES FOX CITIES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
10/30/16 TOLEDO, OH, UNITED STATES STRANAHAN THEATER
11/01/16 INDIANAPOLIS, IN, UNITED STATES MURAT THEATRE
VIP PACKAGES ON SALE NOW
11/02/16 SOUTH BEND, IN, UNITED STATES MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
11/03/16 MERRILLVILLE, IN, UNITED STATES STAR PLAZA THEATRE
ONSTAGE TOUR VIP AND MERCHANDISE PACKAGES AVAILABLE NOW.
11/05/16 MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES MILWAUKEE THEATRE
VIP PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

Moody Blues / Strange Times Meet and Greet 1999

This was a charity auction win via the OFC.  The only time I’ve really met the band where you could say a few words.

Strange Times Meet and Greet

John Lodge / Natural Avenue Signing

Signing his Natural Avenue vinyl reissue for those who attended a Moodies show that year and already had one.

Natural Avenue Signing 2000