“We hope to take the audience on a musical journey going from the sixties ‘til today, but not in chronological order,” bassist/vocalist John Lodge said in a phone interview. “We try to put the show together like an album with all the ups and downs.”
The Moody Blues hit the pop-rock scene four decades ago as part of the British Invasion that took the United States by storm.
“Since they first hit the rock scene with the release of their monumental 1967 album ‘Days of Future Passed,’ The Moody Blues have continued to produce music that bridges the gap between classical and pop-rock genres without ever wavering in their integrity and commitment,” the band’s website states. “Featuring the altruistic inflections of guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues’ sound has held its ground with exquisite harmonies over and over again in a genre of music that is ever-changing.”
The band has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide featuring hits such as “Nights in White Satin,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story in Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” Currently, The Moody Blues is working on putting together a greatest hits album called “Icon.”
“We are sort of in the planning stage at the moment,” Lodge said. “We’re putting the artwork together and want it to be a real reflection on what The Moody Blues really are.”
Lodge said The Moody Blues has always been a band that concentrates on putting out quality albums that are a reflection of where the band is during a specific period of time. Producing albums that fans will enjoy is their intent, he said.
“We have never really concentrated on singles,” Lodge said. “Our whole goal in life was to make a theme album to represent what The Moody Blues are in that period of time.”
The music industry has changed since the birth of The Moody Blues, and Lodge said the changes are not all positive.
“The record industry is not what it used to be,” he said “It was better in the old days because it was music people running everything. It was more about the music back then.”
One of the greatest icons, Lodge said, was Sir Edward Roberts Lewis, who established London Records in New York and was best known for leading the Decca recording and technology group for five decades starting in 1929.
“He was a total music man,” Lodge said, adding that Lewis was a leader in the recording business all over the world. “He would come and listen to the record and try to understand what we were doing.”
London Records “was one of the best things for me,” Lodge added.
It has been several years since The Moody Blues has released any new material, but Lodge said he is always writing and working on new projects.
“We have been releasing long-form DVDs, of course,” Lodge said. “We recorded one with the London Symphony and with the Colorado Symphony.”
Lodge said The Moody Blues has spent the past four years touring the world, which he has really enjoyed.
“If you are a gypsy, which I am, it is wonderful because I love seeing places,” Lodge said “You get to see something you have never seen before.”
Asked if he has a favorite location anywhere in the world, Lodge said, “I normally have a favorite place wherever I am at that particular moment.”
The Moody Blues has been to Reno on a number of occasions over the years, and Lodge said he is excited to return.
“When we first came to Reno it really was a cowboy town,” Lodge said with a laugh. “It’s not like that anymore. Nothing stays the same, does it?”
The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Legacy. Tickets range from $60 to $80 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.