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Moody Blues never stop asking fans to ‘question’
by Cortney Maddock
Mar 06, 2008 | 1358 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy photo - The Moody Blues will play Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Silver Legacy in Reno.
Courtesy photo - The Moody Blues will play Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Silver Legacy in Reno.
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Lyrics recorded almost 40 years ago in defiance of a generation’s undesirable war demonstrate one of the biggest reasons for the continued successes of The Moody Blues: relevance.

“Why do we never get an answer/ When we’re knocking at the door?/ With a thousand million questions/ About hate and death and war.”

Best known for hit singles like the wispy “Tuesday Afternoon” and the melodically tormented “Knights In White Satin,” The Moody Blues will take stage of the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall Friday and Saturday night.

As part of the generation of innovative British classic rock groups that includes Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd, the music of The Moody Blues would not only endear them to fans but would also influence later rock groups like Styx, Electric Light Orchestra and Blue Oyster Cult.

Although the band has dwindled over the years, three of the original five members remain: singer and bassist John Lodge, singer and guitarist Justin Hayward and drummer Graeme Edge.

Lodge’s smooth vocals are accompanied by ornate guitar riffs and bass lines on more than 17 studio albums, starting with 1967’s “Days of Future Passed” through 2003’s “December.”

Given the era when The Moody Blues became popular and lyrics that can umbrella any emotion, the band has had time to experiment with sound and rhythm without having a large record label pressuring the band for another hit. Musical ingenuity comes naturally to them.

Catchy songs like 1968’s “Ride My See-Saw” and 1973’s “I’m Just A Singer” are ripped apart by furiously played guitar chords and clear vocals that get stuck in your head to be sung hours after first feasting on the musical morsels.

But it is 1970’s “Question” that triumphantly enters the ears and plants the seeds of restlessness. While it is undoubtedly sung in response to the Vietnam war, what is more relevant today than pleading with listeners to ask questions, demand answers and make changes?

The Moody Blues are a musical treat and to be playing at the Silver Legacy is a lucky break for northern Nevadans who still enjoy seeing a classic rock band. The Moody Blues will play Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets are $80, $70 and $55 and can be purchased by calling 325-7401, 1-(800)-MUST-SEE or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
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