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John Lodge releases live clip of Moody Blues classic Isn't Life Strange

John Lodge
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Moody Blues bassist and vocalist John Lodge has premiered a new live video clip for Isn't Life Strange, which you can watch below. The song, originally a single taken from the Moody Blues' 1972 album Seventh Sojourn, is taken from Lodge's brand new live album The Royal Affair And After which was released in January.

‘I wrote this song one night during a dinner party at our house," Lodge recalls. "I heard the melody and just had to leave the room to write it on my piano. I can’t believe that’s 50 years ago. People often ask me what it’s about, and I hope everyone can find their own meaning, but for me it’s about how life shouldn’t be about asking what the future has in store for you, you just need to turn the page over, move on, and see what unfolds. It’s what I’ve done my whole life, and and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens now in 2022."

The Royal Affair And After, described by Lodge as "the soundtrack to my life" features live recordings of all his Moody Blues hits, plus special tributes to all his bandmates Justin Hayward, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas and drummer Graeme Edge, who sadly died last November.

The album was recorded live in Las Vegas on The Royal Affair Tour, which also featured Yes, Carl PalmerAsia and Arthur Brown, with additional tracks recorded during his subsequent USA dates. Yes singer Davison guests on Nights In White Satin while Edge narrates Late Lament, originally from Days Of Future Passed.

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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.