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John Lodge releases new live video of Moody Blues' Gemini Dream

John Lodge
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Moody Blues bassist and vocalist John Lodge has premiered a new live video clip for Gemini Dream, originally from the Moody Blues' 1981 album Long Distance Voyager.

The new live version is taken from Lodge's upcoming live album The Royal Affair And After will be released on December 6.

“‘Long time no see’… those opening words to Gemini Dream resonate even more with me today - what was true in 1981 has become true again in 2021," Lodge explains.  "The song is about balancing ‘twin’ lives – touring musicians, and non-touring musicians.  I finished my tour on March 8, 2020, and was in lockdown within days, but I never expected to be off the road for this long… Although this was a forced ‘sojourn’, it was a creative time, writing and recording new songs and a time well-spent with family, but as the song says, “the time is right” to get back on the road.  Let’s keep that Gemini Dream alive for all of us... and thank you for keeping the faith.”

The Royal Affair And After 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.

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 week.

Pre-order The Royal Affair And After.

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.