The Moody Blues' John Lodge - The 10,000 Light Years Tour - 10/14/18

The Moody Blues' John Lodge - The 10,000 Light Years Tour - 10/14/18

Sunday, October 14 2018 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start

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Sun Oct 14 2018

The Moody Blues' John Lodge - The 10,000 Light Years Tour - 10/14/18

at City Winery Washington DC

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6:00pm
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8:00pm

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John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues. Songwriter
of such mega Moody Blues hits “Ride My See-Saw”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)”, “Isn’t
Life Strange?” and many more. Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more
than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most
influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP
(American Society of Composers and Publishers), and Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to
Music, and inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to name just a few. The Moody Blues have released
15 studio albums and countless compilations, and John has also released three solo albums; NATURAL
AVENUE in 1977, 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO in 2015, and his current LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM, THE
10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR. He also released the duo album BLUE JAYS in 1975 with Justin Hayward,
and they were voted the Top Duo for that year.
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lodge was fascinated by cars, and from an early age wanted to
be a car designer; but he also had a great love for music, and bought his first guitar when he was 13 years
old. At 16, he bought his beloved Fender Precision Sunburst Bass, on which he would later perform on all
the Moody Blues hits including “Nights in White Satin”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock ’n' Roll Band)” and
“Isn't Life Strange?” The young musician spent two years learning to play the instrument, and then, with
friend Ray Thomas, formed the band, El Riot & the Rebels. Listening to the riffs of early rock ‘n’ roll
recordings, Lodge’s love of bass playing grew as he became interested in exploring “why” the bass guitar
added such a huge dimension to the rhythm, energy and emotion of music, and his powerful and melodic
bass, such a part of his songwriting, is the result.
After high school, Lodge served an apprenticeship, and attended Aston College of technology (later named
Aston University), where he studied to receive a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. In
1966 John received a phone call from Ray Thomas asking “have you finished college yet?” Lodge then
joined, with his former bandmate Thomas, and Mike Pinder and Graeme Edge THE MOODY BLUES as
bass guitarist/vocalist. It was at this time they met Guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, and the Moody Blues
were “reborn”.
BLUE JAYS was released in 1975, featuring John and Justin Hayward, and included Lodge's "Saved by the
Music," a hard rocking piece with great hooks and a beautiful, catchy chorus, and was considered by many
to be a highlight of the record. This track is featured on the new LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM album.
NATURAL AVENUE, John’s first solo album, was released in 1977, and featured Chris Spedding on guitar
and Mel Collins on sax and included the powerful ballads ‘Say you Love Me’ and anthemic ‘Who Could
Change’.
Lodge released 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, his second solo album, in the spring of 2015. The recording
again reunited Lodge with special guest contributions from former Moody Blues bandmates Ray Thomas
and Mike Pinder on the song “Simply Magic.” Legendary guitarist Chris Spedding again appears on the
album, among others. The collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory
studios in Florida. Lodge’s song “In My Mind,” was nominated “Rock Anthem of the Year” byProg
Magazine.
Whilst still touring with The Moody Blues, Lodge undertook his first ever solo tour in September 2016,
visiting 12 cities in England, followed by a short tour in Florida in February 2017, and was invited as ‘Special
Guest’ onto the ‘Cruise to the Edge’, a Prog Rock cruise from Tampa to Cozumel. 2017 saw a 9 date tour
around the NE of the USA, finishing to a sold out performance at City Winery in NY. The last night of the
English tour was at the Birmingham Town Hall, John’s hometown, and the concert was filmed to capture this
special evening.
In October 2017 Lodge released LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM, THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR on
DVD/CD box set, digital download and Limited Edition Red Double 180g vinyl. The album features a
selection of Moodies classics, such as “Ride My See-Saw”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)”,
“Isn’t Life Strange”, “Gemini Dream”, the BLUE JAYS track "Saved by the Music" and some of his solo work,
including “Get me out of Here” and “In My Mind”.
2017 saw the 50 th Anniversary of the Moody Blues album DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, and to celebrate,
John and the Moody Blues embarked on a very special tour that included a complete performance of this
iconic and groundbreaking album, the tour continued in January 2018 with the fourth Moody Blues Cruise,
dates in the USA and finishing with a residence at the Wynn, Las Vegas. This celebratory concert ‘Days of
Future Passed, Live’ was filmed in Toronto and is also currently being shown on PBS as part of their
GREAT PERFORMANCES programme, and has now been released as a DVD, reaching the top of the US
DVD charts.
In December 2017 it was announced that the Moody Blues were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame as part of the ‘Class of 2018’. They first became eligible in 1990, and it took 28 years to receive
the nomination. The news that they were being inducted was met with rapture by the generations of loyal
fans who had been championing their inclusion for many years; prior to induction, every 7 out of 10 letters
received by the Hall of Fame were about the Moody Blues, and their support drove them to a strong second
place in the ‘fan vote’, garnering 1m votes. The Moodies performed live at the ceremony in Cleveland on
April 14 th , closing the show, and the event is currently showing on HBO and soon to be on Amazon Prime.
John has worked on many albums during his long and successful career, including producing the album
Medusa by Trapeze featuring Glenn Hughes, an album that has become iconic in the world of rock, and
wrote ‘Stay away from Me’ a track on the recently released Gene Vincent album, ‘A Piece of the Time’.
John also recorded ‘Important Words’ for this album. Through his career he has worked with Brian Wilson,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, to name just a few of the icons in John’s life.
When not touring Lodge’s other passions include Charity and Wine. Ten years ago he began his boutique
wine label ‘Krisemma Wine’, hoping to share his favorite wines from around the world. To date he has
produced four wines, a red from Napa Valley, California, and another from Bordeaux from France, and a two
whites from the Elgin region of South Africa. The 2014 Elgin Chardonnay recently won a gold medal and
two Trophies in the International Wine Challenge 2016, including Trophies for Best South African
Chardonnay, and Best Elgin Region Chardonnay.
Charity is very important to John, in particular children’s charities, and has been throughout his career. As a
keen golfer, he has been Captain of the Variety Club Golf Society, and is a proud member of The Grand
Order of Water Rats, two of the wonderful Charities that provide John an opportunity to give back. He also
undertakes many fundraising activities at home in the UK, and in Barbados he is Trustee of the Sandy Lane
Charitable Trust.
The Moody Blues will be returning to the Wynn in Las Vegas in September 2018 for a further three week
Residency.
In October 2018 John will be taking his 10,000 Light Years Band on the road for a 10 date tour of the USA,
and in February 2018, John will be returning to the ‘Cruise to the Edge’ sailing out of Tampa, Florida.