Another date-night! We went to see the Moody Blues at the Brighton Centre last night. Bit of a blast from the past!! I was suprised at how many of the songs I remembered (all the words!!) as I have not listened to the Moody Blues for years! I must have been about 15 when a boyfriend had all the LPs and I got to know all the songs. Must admit to having a bit of a crush on Justin Hayward too!
The concert was all seated, good job really as they audience were ALL older than us!!!! I guess 90% of the audience were in their 60s, a few older and a very few younger. It’s not suprising really as the Moody Blues music is a bit dated now- not timeless like George Benson. There was no support act, they just came on about 8pm, and I have to say made a very shaky start. We thought, oh no! George Benson has spoilt us for any more concerts (he was sooooo good!). But as they played a few songs, they got better. They played for about 1 hour then we had an interval (another necessity for all those oldies tee hee!), then back for another hour or so. We didn’t know some of their newer stuff, but all the old ones - brill!
The absolute highlight was ‘Nights in White Satin’, which they played absolutely brilliantly, such haunting melodies and harmonies. We did all stand up at the end of that one! By this time there were a few people standing at the stage! I decided to go down there for the encore ‘Ride my See-saw’, and managed to get some good photos of Justin Hayward and John Lodge. I am sure Justin looked at me so I could get a photo! (He probably wondered what a young girl like me was doing there!!!LOL)
Graeme Edge, the drummer (who is 69!) is the only original member left, but John Lodge (65) and Justin Hayward (63) are long standing members. These 2 girls played various instruments, the one in the white top played the flute for that ‘haunting’ sound brilliantly! They had another drummer and a and a another keyboard player too.
Finally, here’s an old version of Nights In White satin for you. I feel privileged that I have seen such a classic song played live!