The concurrent 2002 CD and DVD releases of The Moody Blues’ A Night At Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra proved that, close to forty years after first forming, the band is still one of the hottest concert tickets in the business — an always exciting mix of R&B driven rock with loftier orchestral themes. 2003’s holiday-themed December marked the band’s first studio album in five years, letting old and young fans alike know that they have no intentions of staying “just a nostalgia act.”
In a remarkable career that spans the 60's to present, The Moody Blues -one of the world’s most innovative and successful rock bands - have earned a reputation for breaking down barriers and setting precedents. Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge and Ray Thomas have sold more than 60 million albums to date with three #1, one #2, five Top 20 and multiple Top 40 albums.
Originally an R&B based combo from Birmingham, England, The Moody Blues were on the verge of becoming dubbed "one hit wonders" when they were unable to successfully follow up on their early mega-hit, Go Now. With the exit of Denny Laine and Clint Warwick, and the replacement of the two with Justin Hayward and John Lodge, the band soon took on a different style - and a whole new beginning.
The band's first full studio album, Days of Future Passed, was released in 1967 and stayed on the Billboard charts for more than two years. Featuring the classic hit, “Tuesday Afternoon,” and one of the biggest selling singles of all-time,“Nights In White Satin,” the album became a milestone in rock recording, the first time a rock band fused its music with a symphony orchestra.
In 1970, The Moody Blues formed their own record company, Threshold Records, and it served as a business base for the group for several decades. The group's first release on Threshold included “Question,” which became an international #1 hit. In 1972, Days of Future Passed returned to the charts as an American reissue for another amazing two-year chart run.
With the incredible success of Seventh Sojourn (also appearing in 1972), the Moodies staged a triumphant nine month world crusade that saw them play for over a million people throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Hawaii and the continental U.S. A subsequent, much-needed four year break allowed band members to focus on projects outside the group. Hayward and Lodge collaborated on the Blue Jays album in 1975. Graeme Edge made two solo albums with Adrian Gurvitz, and Ray Thomas produced two solo albums.
The band reunited for 1978's Octave, which became another huge hit. Patrick Moraz joined the band, and the delayed follow-up, 1981’s Long Distance Voyager, topped the American album chart for three weeks on the strength of the hits “Gemini Dream” and “The Voice”.
The band enjoyed another commercial renaissance in 1986, when The Other Side Of Life reached the U.S. Top 10. The video for its Top Ten single, “Your Wildest Dreams,” became a huge MTV hit and claimed Billboard magazine's Video of the Year award. Moraz left the band in 1990, prior to the recording of Keys Of The Kingdom, which produced the hit single “Say It With Love.”
In September 1992, the Moody Blues commemorated the 25th anniversary of Days of Future Passed with a live performance at Denver's Red Rocks amphitheatre accompanied by a full 88-piece symphony orchestra. The performance was made into a PBS television special, home video release, and live album, and became one of PBS' top pledge drive producers for the next four years.