The iconic band prepares for a 2018 tour and possible Hall of Fame induction.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of their iconic 1967 album Days of Future Passed, The Moody Blues have taped a live TV special for PBS, and are planning a North American tour launching in early January.
"A couple of years ago, I was thinking how best to celebrate the 50th anniversary, when I was fortunate enough to meet an arranger and conductor named Elliott Davis from Toronto's World Festival Orchestra,” band founder Justin Hayward tells Billboard. The album’s original arranger Peter Knight had passed away in 1985, and Hayward said he was seeking a classical conductor to help recreate the sound of the 1967 album, which blended orchestral arrangements with psychedelic rock sounds to create one of the first concept rock albums of the 1960s.
"I could suddenly see a way where we could make it possible,” Hayward explains. “I found someone capable of recreating those parts on stage because in the past, it was very frustrating trying to recreate the album live. We had one group with a sound in the studio and another group that created the live sound on stage. We could never get the two to gel and sound the same. And it's only in the last few years that that's been possible."