While the Moody Blues will likely never be on tour again, bassist and vocalist John Lodge is doing his part to keep the band’s songs alive on the concert stage.
The royal affair and after arrives December 3 and features updated renditions of the band’s best-known songs as well as less heard material, like “Saved by the Music” from the 1975s Blue jays collaboration with Moody Blues band member Justin Hayward.
Lodge also pays tribute to fellow band members Graeme Edge, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas individually during his set, captured mostly during 2019. The royal affair tour where it opened for Yes.
Current Yes frontman Jon Davison even comes to sing the lead role on the classic “Nights in White Satin” from the 1967 Moody Blues landmark. Days of the future past and share the voice with Lodge on a encore performance of “Ride My See-Saw,” which you can watch below.
“Ride My See-Saw” first surfaced in the 1968s In search of the lost deal. For years, it was the Moody Blues’ closing song on stage, and Lodge carried on that tradition in his solo shows. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee wrote the song and says it illustrates a pivotal moment of transition. “[It’s] that thing where you came out of your teens and suddenly you’re in your early twenties and you’re trying to balance your life, ”he tells UCR. “What you learned in school suddenly doesn’t seem to add more to what’s really out there in life.
Lodge calls the songs The royal affair and after “the soundtrack of his life” and notes that fans will have a better chance to hear them in person on his recently announced 2022 tour.
The royal affair and after is available on CD and as a digital download. A special commemorative blue vinyl will be released on January 28.
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