John Lodge: "Graeme Edge said to me 'Keep the Moody Blues alive!'"

John Lodge
(Image credit: Frank Piercy)

Moody Blues bassist and vocalist John Lodge has announced that he will release Days Of Future Passed – My Sojourn, his new version of the band's classic 1967 album that he's recorded with his 10,000 Light Years Band and Yes singer Jon Davison as well as a special, appearance from late Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge.

“November 2023 will be the 56th anniversary of Days Of Future Passed. It’s incredible to look back on this album that changed my life, and that still has so much impact today on so many, and I felt that it deserved celebrating, and so I began rehearsals in 2021/2022 to bring this celebration to life on stage," says Lodge. "What was important to me was to make this concert another milestone in the history of Days Of Future Passed and so I asked Graeme if he would record his poetry, Morning Glory and Late Lament, to include in my concert. Graeme gave me his blessing and said, ‘John, Keep the Moody Blues music alive’.

"We had a fantastic time putting the show together, with Alan, Duffy, Billy and Jason, and Jon Davison, giving me so much support and helping bring my vision to life. After the final rehearsals for the concert, I realised I should capture this new moment in time, although a reflection of the past, forever, by going into the studio and recording the album, Days Of Future Passed – My Sojourn.

"I am hoping that this will bring a new generation of listeners to the album, that they then may rediscover the original recording, and the beautiful vocals of Mike Pinder, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas and myself.  I dedicate this album to Graeme, Justin, Mike and Ray, to Tony Clarke, and to all the fans that are with me on this sojourn, no matter when you joined…”

Days Of Future Passed – My Sojourn will be available as a digipak CD as special fan club only release, and will be available at the upcoming shows starting July 18. The cover features a photograph of John and his wife, Kirsten, taken by his daughter-in-law, Inga Wilson, which you can see below.

Pre-order Days Of Future Passed – My Sojourn.

John Lodge

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John Lodge July tour dates

Jul 18: IL Rockford Coronado PAC
Jul 19: WI Milwaukee Pabst Theater
Jul 21: MI Detroit Royal Oak Music Theatre
Jul 23: CO Denver Paramount Theatre
Jul 25: AZ Phoenix Celebrity Theatre
Jul 27: AZ Tucson Fox Theater
Jul 28: NV Las Vegas Smith Center
Jul 29: CA Thousand Oaks Kavli Theatre
Jul 31: IL Edwardsville Widley Theatre
Aug 1: IL Edwardsville Widley Theatre

Jerry Ewing

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.