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John Lodge excited to be touring with Yes, says Moody Blues have no current plans

John Lodge excited to be touring with Yes, says Moody Blues have no current plans

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Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge is taking part in the Yes-headlined Royal Affair Tour, which also features Asia and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

Lodge, who’s performing with his solo group The 10,000 Light Years Band on the recently launched trek, tells ABC Radio he’s very excited to be touring with Yes.

“I’ve been doing their cruises for a couple of years, Cruise to the Edge, and we’ve had a great time, and I’m really enjoying this tour,” he says. “I managed to get…several of my deep cut songs into the show, and [I’ll be spending the] next seven or eight weeks on the road.”

Lodge’s set features mostly Moody Blues gems, including “Gemini Dream,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” and, as his final song, “Ride My See-Saw.” At some shows, Yes singer Jon Davison has joined Lodge when he’s played “Ride My See-Saw.”

Meanwhile, The Moody Blues have been on hiatus since late last year, and Lodge has some disappointing news for fans.

“There’s nothing planned for The Moody Blues at all at the moment,” he tells ABC Radio. “[We’ll] see where we go.”

John says he’s excited about the new solo record deal he’s signed and, as recently reported, he’ll be releasing a compilation called B Yond on August 23 that includes new versions of three older compositions and new remixes of some of his “deep cuts.”

Lodge also reveals that The Moody Blues may be releasing expanded reissues of two albums that celebrate their 40th anniversary this year — On the Threshold of a Dream and For Our Children’s Children’s Children.

“I’m really proud of those albums,” Lodge says. “Really proud of being a Moody Blue.”

Here are the remaining Royal Affair Tour dates:

6/24 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
6/25 — Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater
6/27 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/29 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/30 — Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
7/3 — Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
7/5 — Columbus, OH, Express Live
7/6 — Aurora, IL, Riveredge Park
7/8 — Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
7/10 — Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
7/12 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
7/13 — Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/15 — New Orleans, LA, Saegner Theatre
7/16 — Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
7/18 — St. Augustine, FL, The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
7/20 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/21 — Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
7/24 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
7/26 — Las Vegas, NV, The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/27 — Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater
7/28 — Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery

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