A quick word about the Moody Blues concert at the Clay Center last night. And that word: awesome.
I will admit some bias, having immensely enjoyed "Your Wildest Dreams" in 1986, and then In Search of the Lost Chord in 1987 (many thanks to the stoner in my high school Drivers Ed class who passed that tape to me), and then Days of Future Passed — one of their best albums, if not the best — in 1988. I forgot about them for a long time, and then discovered Time Traveller at Sam's Club one day at a good price. Greatest hits collections are usually a win — this one particularly so, with four CDs spanning from the late 60s to the early 90s.
This tour is a celebration of the Days of Future Passed album, released in 1967 — 45 years ago. It was a concept album which progressed lyrically and sonically through an entire day, hence such titles as "Nights in White Satin" and "Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)", accompanied by symphonic interludes and a variety of interesting structures and instrumentation. It has stood up quite well over time.
Speaking of which, so has Graeme Edge, who at one point announced he had turned 71 a few days prior, and then jammed and danced across the stage to "Higher and Higher." I would wish I could be that spry at 71, but I hardly feel that spry now.
Observation: At the end of the show, a long line of cars stretched away from the Clay Center, down Washington Street, and then up Dickinson Street toward South Hills, indicating a fairly well-off fanbase... a pretty far cry from the dirty hippies they once were.
All in all, though, a great show and absolutely the caliber of concert we need around here.