They look a little older. Their hair is a little grayer, but after more than four decades of performing, The Moody Blues still know how to rock.
“I just had a birthday. I’m 70 years old. How the heck did that happen?” said drummer Graeme Edge at The Moody Blues concert on May 13 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel.
Edge said this before the group performed his song, “Higher and Higher.” With Mike Pinder no longer in the band, Edge takes center stage during this number to recite the song’s spoken-word lyrics, but he didn’t just stand there. Tambourine in hand, Edge danced about the stage, inspiring the audience with his enduring vitality and slightly goofy sense of humor.
The current Moody Blues consists of the three core members, Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Edge and a quartet of supporting musicians. The group sounded fantastic as they performed most of their hit songs including “Tuesday Afternoon,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” “Nights In White Satin” and “I’m Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band).”
For Baby Boomers in the audience, watching the show was most likely a nostalgic experience. People in the audience didn’t hesitate to get out of their seats, and dance and sing along to the familiar songs. The times may have changed, but The Moody Blues’ lasting lyrics continue to resonate with fans. The more than two-hour concert ended on a high note with two encore performances.
Check out some pictures from the show. All pictures were provided courtesty of Scott Harrison/ Retna.