Moody Blues Live First NZ Concert Tour
The Moody Blues Live
First Ever New Zealand Concert Tour
The Name ~ Legendary! The Music ~ Timeless!
WELLINGTON—The legendary classic rock band The Moody Blues have announced their long-awaited first ever tour of New Zealand in early 2005. The UK-based act was the originator of the “concept” album and the first group to fuse the music of rock with an orchestra.
The Moody Blues will perform at the Wellington Events Centre on Thursday, April 21 and at the Westpac Centre in Christchurch on Sunday, April 24. Capital C: Concerts of Wellington is the tour promoter.
“New Zealander’s are in for a rare treat when the Moody Blues play here”, said Phil Sprey, Capital C: Concert’s Managing Director. “In over 35 years of touring, the group has never performed in New Zealand and it’s long past due.”
Since the release of their first recording “Days of Future Passed” in November 1967, the Moody Blues have sold over 55 million albums with milestones including multiple Platinum and Gold records, numerous Top Chart listings featuring #1’s on album and singles lists. They continue to tour worldwide, a legacy that spans the period from the late 60’s to the present. The Moody Blues have generated an enviable list of hits that are still regarded as some of the most groundbreaking and innovative music of all time.
“It’s a real joy for us to finally perform in front of our loyal fans in New Zealand,” Justin Hayward commented. He added “we hope that all the generations that have grown up with and enjoy our music would attend one of the concerts.”
The band has created some of the most memorable lyrics and melodies in music history with such hits as “Nights in White Satin”, “Ride My See Saw”, “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Your Wildest Dreams”, “Gemini Dream” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”.
Original members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge are joined by a talented group of young musicians that, as one American newspaper wrote, “They sound and look every bit as good as they did in the ‘70’s.” The addition of two elaborate keyboard set-ups allows for the band to perform its “symphonic rock” as if with a full orchestra. “When you hear them, you believe that a full symphony is on stage,” Sprey added. “And when you see them, it’s almost as if they’ve not aged a day.”