Songwriter/bassist/vocalist John Lodge is known as one of the central figures behind the Moody Blues, and he has a busy summer ahead of him.
In addition to taking part in the Royal Affair tour alongside YES, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and Asia, Lodge will release a new solo compilation on August 23. Beyond: The Very Best Of will combine new recordings, remixes and selections from his past that revisit both the best material from the Moody Blues as well as Lodge’s solo career.
Here’s “Street Cafe” as a preview:
Like the song above, the album features some re-interpretations of songs from Lodge’s earlier catalog:
For this album Lodge went back into the studio to totally recreate “Street Café”, “(Evening) Time to Get Away” and “Legend of a Mind”, with the wonderful musicians of the 10,000 Light Years Band. The tracks were co-produced by John and Alan Hewitt, and features John on his original Fender Precision Bass which he recorded all of the classic Moody Blues songs on. He is joined by Hewitt on keyboards, Duffy King on guitars, Billy Ashbaugh on drums and Jason Charboneau on Cello. The result is a fresh modern feel whilst still retaining the original magic of these songs. Legend of a Mind was particularly important for John to include on this album as it is his tribute to his friend Ray Thomas.
Says Lodge in a statement:
With this album I want to share with you my ‘deep cuts’, songs that I have wanted to revisit, and songs which have become an important part of my life. It is this which has taken me back into the studio, to share with you my music and record again with my Fender Precision Bass.
I hope you too can join me on this journey… B Yond.
Catch John Lodge on the Royal Affair tour at the following shows:
June 12th – Bethlehem, PA @ Bethlehem Event Center
June 14th – Farmingdale, NY Long Island @ Community Hospital Amphitheater
June 15th – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
June 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 20th – Westchester, NY @ Westchester County Center
June 21st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 22nd – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
June 24th – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
June 25th – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater
June 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 29th – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
June 30th – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
July 3rd – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 5th – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
July 6th – Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park
July 8th – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
July 10th – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
July 12th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 13th – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
July 15th – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
July 16th – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
July 18th – St Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 20th – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
July 21st – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
July 24th – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
July 26th – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
July 27th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoints Amphitheatre
July 28th – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery