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The Moody Blues are still going strong more than 40 years on

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 01:31

May 17 - The Moody Blues have seen it all in their four decades as one of the most internationally acclaimed bands in rock. John Russell reports.

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Progressive rock band The Moody Blues are still going strong after more than four decades of chart topping albums and hits, and a fan base that continues to grow. The three remaining original members of the band agreed that the pressures of performing still get them to put their best shows on night after night. SOUNDBITE: Lead singer and guitarist Justin Hayward saying (English): "Ours is the kind of music that if you don't mean it, it doesn't really work, for me, singing songs. So there is that, it's not a tension during the day, but there's the feeling that you know you've got to deliver, that you've got to deliver it sincerely." The Moody Blues have gone through several incarnations over the years, first forming as an R&B style band in the mid 1960s, but then finding their unique sound later that decade with the addition of Hayward, who penned their two best known songs, "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Nights in White Satin," both off the 1968 concept album "Days of Future Passed." The band has seen many changes in the music industry firsthand, as vinyl records were replaced by cassette tapes, then by CD's, and now digital downloads in the computer age. SOUNDBITE: Drummer Graeme Edge saying (English): "I believe you've only seen the very start of what the internet is going to do to music. I just know there are some young people out there who are going to take it and turn it into a new sort of musical art form, because they always have in the past." The Moody Blues are winding down their two month tour of the United States, and are set to release a new greatest hits album in July. John Russell, Reuters.

The Moody Blues are still going strong more than 40 years on

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 01:31

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