Moody Blues Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Published: 2004-04-14
Nearly 40 years have passed, but it is still the best album in rock history. In 1966 The Moody Blues released "Days of Future Passed". The album stayed on the Billboard music charts for over two years, was the first concept album, was in stereo, and was the first time a rock group used a symphony orchestra on an album.

Over the years many rock musicians have tried to emulate the band, but there is still only one Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues began in 1964 in Birmingham, England. The original Moody Blues were more of a R&B band. They had moderate success with one number one hit in Britain. There was a change in band membership in 1966 and with it came a change of direction. Decca Records' sub-label Deram wanted a band to try their new stereo sound. The Moody Blues were chosen. Originally the band was supposed to play a rock version of Dvorak's New World Symphony. The idea was canned in favour of an original composition by the band and "Days of Future Passed" was born.

After 20 years of touring and releasing albums The Moody Blues were considered a nostalgia act. The band still continued to be a huge draw at concerts and filled concert halls. This year marks the fortieth anniversary for The Moody Blues. Over the years they have sold over 55 million records and have 18 platinum records. The Moody Blues are celebrating their anniversary with a tour. The band will be in North America during May and June. The 30 city tour includes four Canadian dates.

June 9 London – John Labatt Centre
June 10 Hamilton – Hamilton Place Theatre
June 11 Toronto – Hummingbird Centre
June 12 Montreal – Bell Centre

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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