There was a brief announcement a few days ago about a Sur la Mer II Moody Blues Cruise, which John (via Kristian) has made clear they are not part of. There are no Moody Blues dates listed on their website. I would imagine at least Justin will keep touring (indeed he has dates posted through June). But I wonder….
Update: I wondered, but I was not entirely correct. The band has added some Vegas dates in the fall. But Graeme was recently quoted as saying he is exhausted after a month of dates, and John was also quoted as saying the band wouldn’t stop if Graeme retired saying “did we stop when Mike left? .. Ray?” (paraphrased). I’m not sure dropping to the Js is the same, but I think they’re still laying the groundwork.
And you know what? Graeme and all of them have earned any retirement they wish.
I was very excited to see, much to my surprise, that the upcoming live concert release from the Days of Future Passed Live tour will include a vinyl release. (Amazon here). I was holding out a little bit of hope the video would see a 4k/UHD release as previous Eagle Rock titles had been out ahead of the Blu-Ray HD wave with the Lovely to See You title, but that’s ok.
It made me think that there’s a curious vinyl gap in the Moodies catalog. Over the last few years, new items have seen LP releases, including the Isle of Wight (clear vinyl!) and Collected releases. There have been a number of re-releases as well, including a million of Days (to varying degrees of quality) and even The Other Side of Life.
But after Keys of the Kingdom, vinyl fell out of favor, leaving what to me are three obvious gaps in the catalog of major releases:
- Live at Red Rocks
- Strange Times
I’ve skipped a pair of other live albums, specifically: Hall of Fame and Lovely to See You as they weren’t as “big” as Red Rocks although HoF did get the PBS treatment.
Even Keys was a limited international release, but by now if you really wanted one, you probably were able to secure a copy. So why not new releases of these catalog items on vinyl? Especially Strange Times – arguably the only complete studio album of original material never to see vinyl. Even as I hate to suggest it, a massive box set of Moodies albums on vinyl that had these 3 titles as exclusives would make me go out and buy it. Others are selling these massive catalog sets to great success, like Weird Al’s sold-out Squeeze Box.
Now that I think of it… HoF, unlike LTSY was missing a number of songs we knew were performed such as Strange Times which has never seen an official live release. So let’s get the whole Hall of Fame show as a an extended edition, too!
It seems like the Rock Hall induction might be a great opportunity to promote such an item… just sayin’.
The band have just concluded the current run of 50th Anniversary dates (including the latest 2018 cruise)
Go Now, previously Legend of a Band, is a tribute band featuring Gordy Marshall
MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM
THE STABLES, MAR 3
WIMBORNE, UNITED KINGDOM
THE TIVOLI THEATRE, MAR 29
MARKET DRAYTON, UNITED KINGDOM
MARKET DRAYTON, APR 28
WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
WEYMOUTH PAVILION, MAY 25
NANTWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
ALVASTON HALL, AUG 25
No current dates announced