The Moody Blues Live In London

Lodge, Hayward and Edge "keep smiling" in London.

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Just as A Whiter Shade Of Pale has overshadowed Procol Harum’s early progressive tendencies, the epic romance of Nights In White Satin has perhaps photo- bombed the Moody Blues’ back catalogue more than is ideal. Nobody complains about recording a much-beloved, career-extending anthem, of course, but you do wonder if the Moodies get due credit as bold musical pioneers. Certainly Days Of Future Passed and In Search Of The Lost Chord are among the most mind-bending and significant concept albums ever made, fusing melody and mystery with ambitious aplomb.

“Keep smiling,” urges Lodge, and having witnessed one of the great British bands serve as mood enhancers, we do.

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and art for innumerable outlets. His new book The Velvet Underground is out April 4. He has also published books on Lou Reed, Elton John, the Gothic arts, Talk Talk, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Abba, Tom Jones and others. Among his interviewees over the years have been David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Al Green, Tom Waits & Lou Reed. Born in North Wales, he lives in London.