I've never seen so many gray-haired men with pony tails in my life as I did last night! (Not the performers - the fans!) We went to a Moody Blues concert here in town and a lot of folks in attendance reeked of weed! Yes, I do know what it smells like... Aging hippy-types are not a pleasant sight. But, oh - the music! It was our second concert and I think they group was even better last night than in 2002.
The Moody Blues formed on 4 May 1964, in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels, a regionally-popular band. They disbanded when Lodge, the youngest member, went to technical college and Pinder joined the army. Pinder then rejoined Thomas to form the Krew Cats and enjoyed moderate success. The pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine, band manager-turned drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964. The name developed from a planned sponsorship from the M&B Brewery and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, "Mood Indigo". (Wikipedia)
The first time I became aware of them was the song, "Nights in White Satin." "Tuesday Afternoon," and "Ride My See-Saw," are other favorites. Last night, among a sold-out crowd in our concert arena, I just went with the music, rhythm, and memories. I loved every minute of it and suggest to those of you who may be a tad younger than I, please go back and research some of their songs. I don't think you'll be disappointed!