What to Do Tonight: The Moody Blues

Four decades of moodiness
  • Four decades of moodiness
If you’re going to construct a diverse fan base, the Moody Blues’ model seems to be a good one to copy. Since 1964, the British quintet has managed to strike a chord with nearly every kind of music listener. The band’s first hit, “Go Now,” reflected their British R&B slant, but after Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined the group, it made the 1967 symphonic prog-rock masterwork Days of Future Past (which included the signature cuts “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon”). The Moody Blues quickly rose as classical-rock heroes with 1968’s In Search of the Lost Chord and 1969’s On the Threshold of a Dream, and their music became increasingly complex and intricate. In the ’70s, the Moodies enjoyed greater success with a leaner rock sound on hits like “The Story in Your Eyes” and “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band.” But midway through the decade, the band took a break, before reuniting at the end of the ’70s with a more streamlined sound. By the early ’80s, they had another No. 1 album, with Long Distance Voyager. In the ’90s, the band’s sound became increasingly balladic and poppy, and they relied heavily on touring, often performing with orchestras. In the new millennium, the Moody Blues have recorded a Christmas album, remastered and reissued their early catalog, and compiled their BBC sessions for a two-CD set, remaining a formidable presence with a loyal audience as varied as the masterful music they’ve created over the past 46 years. They play the Nautica Pavilion at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $79.50. — Brian Baker

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