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John Lodge announces UK solo dates

John Lodge

Moody Blues bass player John Lodge has announced some live UK dates for April, which will see him play songs from his 2015 solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago, earlier solo material and of course Moody Blues classics.

"Music is my life and I can't wait to get on the road with my 10,000 Light Years Band," Lodge told Prog. "The venues are smaller and more intimate, but I love live concerts have bass will travel that's the gypsy in me. I'll always be a Moody Blue, but I love getting the chance to perform songs that I have never performed before, and of course classic Moody Blues songs. The fans and I have travelled this road a long time and I also hope new fans will discover and explore along with us."

The new live dates are in support of the recently released Live From Birmingham and will feature a band that includes musical director and keyboard player Alan Hewitt, Moody Blues touring drummer Billy Ashbaugh, guitarist Duffy King and cellist Jason Charboneau.

Lodge plays a series of US dates in February, before hitting the UK in April. It is stressed that more UK dates will be added beyond the two currently announced.

Full live dates are:

Feb 04-09: Tampa FL Cruise To The Edge, FL
Feb 10: Immokalee Seminole Casino, FL
Feb 13: Derry Tupelo Music Hall, NH
Feb 14: Riverside The Suffolk Theatre, NY
Feb 15: Beverly The Cabot, MA
Feb 15: Newton The Newton Theatre, NJ
Apr 12: Milton Keynes The Stables, UK
Apr 13: London Cadogan Hall, UK

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.