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I have made it to 61.

I celebrated in style by attending the second of two shows featuring the Moody Blues at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery outdoor concert venue Sunday.

The Moodies are celebrating the 50th -- yes, that's right: 50th -- anniversary of their groundbreaking Days of Future Passed LP.  It turns out

What a great show!  They played a string of their most popular tunes in the first half of the show, then performed -- live -- the entire Days of Future Passed LP (okay, the orchestral segues were from the original tapes, as arranged by the late Peter Knight in 1967).

It was a tremendous show.  In the first half, we were treated to songs, such as I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band), The Voice, Steppin' In a Slide Zone, Your Wildest dreams, I Know You're Out There Somewhere, Isn't Life Strange, The Story in Your Eyes, and others.

After a 20-minute break, they returned to the stage to recall where their rise as pioneers in the progressive rock movement began.

There was one minor glitch.  That was on the actor Jeremy Irons' reading of the Late Lament poem that accompanies Night in White Satin.  The audio cut out as the lines were delivered.

I only wish Graeme Edge still had some of his youthful cheekiness, and had thought to grab a hot mic and recite the verses himself, since he was always the one to do it in live performances.

Other than that, it was breathtaking.  Justin Hayward and John Lodge did a great job interpreting some of the DOFP songs originally composed and performed by former band members Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.

They finished the show with an encore, featuring Question and Ride My See-Saw.

It was high-energy, start to finish, and the band sounded great.

I also had the opportunity to chat with some other people who were there for the show, and one of them was kind enough to snap this pic, then e-mail it to me:

Moody Blues concert 2017.jpg



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Happy birthday!!!!!

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Thanks.

It's also nice to know that most of the important parts are still in working order. biggrin

I've mentioned previously that I don't drive, so the trip to the concert venue includes a bus ride into Woodinville proper, ending at their transit center.  From there, it's (if I recall correctly) about a 3-1/2 mile walk to the site (or whatever 45 minutes at a steady pace amounts to).

After the show, I made the trip in reverse order, which means I got in something like seven miles of walking.  Great exercise, and a wonderful show. 



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Congratulations and glad you had fun!

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seajaw wrote:

Thanks.

It's also nice to know that most of the important parts are still in working order. biggrin

I've mentioned previously that I don't drive, so the trip to the concert venue includes a bus ride into Woodinville proper, ending at their transit center.  From there, it's (if I recall correctly) about a 3-1/2 mile walk to the site (or whatever 45 minutes at a steady pace amounts to).

After the show, I made the trip in reverse order, which means I got in something like seven miles of walking.  Great exercise, and a wonderful show. 


 Don't drive because you don't feel the need, or don't drive at all?



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34 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

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1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991, 1996

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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Congratulations and glad you had fun!


Thanks! 



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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Thanks.

It's also nice to know that most of the important parts are still in working order. biggrin

I've mentioned previously that I don't drive, so the trip to the concert venue includes a bus ride into Woodinville proper, ending at their transit center.  From there, it's (if I recall correctly) about a 3-1/2 mile walk to the site (or whatever 45 minutes at a steady pace amounts to).

After the show, I made the trip in reverse order, which means I got in something like seven miles of walking.  Great exercise, and a wonderful show. 


 Don't drive because you don't feel the need, or don't drive at all?


I just never liked it.  Never felt comfortable behind the wheel, even when I had to drive while I was in the Navy.

Also, the bus service here is very good.  I can get to wherever I need to be with no trouble.

The legs were a bit sore when I woke up this morning, but it's all good. wink



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Happy birthday ... glad you got to enjoy it watching one of your favorite bands during one of their milestone years! Glad to see you had such great fun.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Happy birthday ... glad you got to enjoy it watching one of your favorite bands during one of their milestone years! Glad to see you had such great fun.


It doesn't get much better than that. wink 



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Just so you can a feel for how the Days of Future Passed portion of the concert works out, here are several links to some of the songs, which have been posted on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yda0l63Qbrw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScwoeeLu81o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhppQ4ezXZk

By the way, the flute player is Norda Mullen.  She auditioned for the job when Ray Thomas retired from the band about 15 years ago.

She's really good.



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Happy Birthday



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stratfan70 wrote:

Happy Birthday


Thanks! 



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In case anyone is interested in catching the show, here's the link to the Moodies' web site:

http://www.moodybluestoday.com/tour/



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Happy birthday! Sounds like a great day!

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pfunkone wrote:

Happy birthday! Sounds like a great day!


Thanks!

And it was a great day. 



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