SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.>> Show-goers had the chance to spend a mid-summer night with The Moody Blues on Sunday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Fans flocked to the Spa City venue on Sunday to see the longtime English rock group on the 50th anniversary tour of its second album Days of Future Passed.
Most event attendees were from the 50-and-older crowd, which made sense as the group was marking a 50-year milestone, but there were a few parent-child pairs in the audience, including my dad and I.
Though many years have gone by, three band members who created the album in 1967 (Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge) took the stage Sunday night, along with some other more recently added players, to perform it for the local crowd,
Hayward, the guitarist, and Lodge on bass shared the role of frontman with a unique near-symmetrical set-up of dual drums and dual keys on stage, as well as a flutist who was featured in several of the band’s popular tunes.
The Moody Blues kicked off the Sunday night show with 1973 hit single “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band),” then went into other fan favorites from throughout the group’s extensive discography.
The flute, a signature of The Moody Blues once played by the late Ray Thomas, gave the old rock songs some fairytale flair, especially when paired with poetic lyrics like “Once upon a time/Once when you were mine/ I remember skies/ Reflected in your eyes” from the 1980s acoustic tune “Your Wildest Dreams.”
“That’s a beautiful song right there,” I heard a man say afterward…
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