JOHN LODGE, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of The Moody Blues, and recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be performing on "The Royal Affair Tour" with Yes, Asia and Carl Palmer this summer in North America (itinerary below).
The first set of dates for "The Royal Affair Tour" has been announced. The trek will launch Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and visit cities including Holmdel, NJ; Toronto; Nashville; Hollywood, FL; Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Irvine, CA before wrapping Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. Most shows go on sale Friday, April 5. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks.
LODGE is looking forward to being part of this exciting tour. "'Music is my life and I can't wait to get on the road with my 10,000 Light Years Band, and perform my Moody Blues music, which has meant so much to me in my life, all across America with the Yes tour. The fans and I have travelled this road a long time, and I also hope new fans will discover and explore along with me."
JOHN will appear with his 10,000 Light Years Band, and together they capture the heart of classic Moody Blues songs he has penned and recorded such as "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," "Gemini Dream," "Ride My See-Saw," "Isn't Life Strange," "Steppin' in a Slide Zone." He will also perform a tribute to Ray Thomas with his version of "Legend of a Mind (Timothy Leary)."
JOHN has been performing with his 10,000 Light Years Band for the last three years with three tours in the USA, a tour of the UK and appearances as 'Special Guest' on Yes' "Cruise to the Edge." He is about to embark on a short UK tour in April 2019, and will be honored with the Birmingham Walk of Fame at a special "Night of Stars" event on April 11 at the Symphony Hall, in his hometown. Carl Palmer is also being honored, and the event will be hosted by Jasper Carrott.
Joining JOHN on stage in his 10,000 Light Years Band are long term collaborator Alan Hewitt (Music Director and Keyboards) and Billy Ashbaugh (Drums) from the Moody Bluestouring band, together with Duffy King (Guitars) and Jason Charboneau (Cello) The "all-American band sizzled on the solo tracks and Moodies' masterpieces', on their recent tour (North Coast Voice).
As a member of The Moody Blues since 1966, JOHN LODGE has spent much of his life touring the world, as part of a "rock n roll band." His first solo album titled NATURAL AVENUE was released 40 years ago in 1977 but was never performed live. When asked what has taken him so long to get his own show on the road, JOHN was quick to point out, with a smile, that he has been busy with his "other band."
The tour will support his live album and DVD JOHN LODGE: LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM -- THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR, recorded during his 2016 UK tour in his hometown. Artwork was designed by Roger Dean, and is available as DVD/CD box set, 180g Double Red Vinyl, and download via Amazon and iTunes.
Check out the video trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvpPN4SE9Rk&feature=youtu.be
During his remarkable career with the Moody Blues, JOHN has received numerous awards including ASCAP (American Society of Composers & Publishers) and an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and he has been voted one of the 10 most influential bass players on the planet. The Moody Blues celebrated the 50 Anniversary of their iconic album Days of Future Passed with a hugely successful tour, including a sold-out performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the release of their live album Days of Future Passed, Live which reached the top of US DVD charts, and a residency at the Wynn, Las Vegas. The Moodies continue to perform their music to fans across the generations, and were seen performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction on HBO, and on Amazon Prime, featuring two of John's hits, "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," and 'Ride My See-Saw."
LODGE also has a wine line titled "Krisemma Wine," which has won several prestigious international awards including 'Best South African Chardonnay' in the International Wine Challenge.
The initial dates for "THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR" are as follows, with more to be announced soon: