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August 6th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues

Review by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Of all the rock legends from the ’60s still performing, the Moody Blues are the best at stopping time. Justin Hayward’s lyrics are inspired by the romantic British poetry of Byron, Keats and Shelley blended with classical music buoyed by Hayward’s perfectly executed rock guitar that, if anything, has more edge than it did back in 1967. It’s a sumptuous and lush sound that made the band the most blatantly British of a cadre of rockers, the rest of whom were selling American roots music back to the colonies half a century ago.

At Monday night’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center performance, drummer Graeme Edge announced that the band had just celebrated their 50th anniversary the night before. They ended their first set with one of their newest songs, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” a mid-’80s hit. They built their second hour-long set around ever more familiar waves of hits that included “Isn’t Life Strange” from Seventh Sojourn; their first American hit from Days of Future Passed, “Tuesday Afternoon;” “Higher and Higher” with Edge on vocal from To Our Children’s Children’s Children; “Singer in a Rock and Roll Band” from Seventh Sojourn; and they encored with “Ride My See Saw” from In Search of a Lost Chord. Most songs prompted repeated standing ovations from a crowd of all ages, and they closed with their signature song “Nights in White Satin” from the 1967 breakout album Days of Future Passed.

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A Few Minutes With… Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues

April 3rd, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

Yes, it may be hard for baby boomers to believe, but the Moody Blues – featuring guitarist Justin Hayward, bassist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge – are touring in support of the 45th anniversary of “Days of Future Passed,” their groundbreaking concept album that takes the listener on a day-long journey from “Tuesday Afternoon” to “Nights in White Satin.”

“The Moody Blues: The Voyage Continues – Highway 45 Tour,” as they’re calling their current road trip, is making a tour stop at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Thursday (April 5), and we had the opportunity to chat with the band’s drummer (and poet laureate) Graeme Edge last week:

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Graeme Edge, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 30th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Graeme Edge

Graeme Edge

“I remember the first album I bought. Yes, I do. In fact, I remember the first single that I bought – it was ‘Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong’ by Freddie Bell and the Bellboys.

And my first album was by Buddy Holly & the Crickets. Not a bad place to start, eh? Not bad at all…”

Graeme Edge celebrates his 71st birthday today, and he’ll be slipping behind his drum kit to fuel the Moody Blues as they bring their “The Voyage Continues: Highway 45” tour to Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Thursday (April 5). Tix are $20, $50, $60, $70 & $85.

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