Justin Hayward, long a part of the Moody Blues' lineup and numerous solo and other projects, is coming to Madison's Barrymore Theater with special guest Mike Dawes on Thursday, August 30th! It's part of a swing through Wisconsin on his current tour that also includes stops in Milwaukee on August 28th and Oshkosh on August 29th. He'll also be in Las Vegas with the Moody Blues later this year and headlining a major cruise in February with a whole host of rock legends. More of Justin Hayward's bio is below.
I talked with Justin for about 9 minutes the other day about what's happening now in 2018, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction the Moody Blues finally received back in April, Justin's first impression of Wisconsin when they began touring the US, and his upcoming Madison show. Check it out!
More about Justin Hayward:
Justin Hayward is primarily know for being the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, a group that over the last forty-five years has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. He began as a songwriter and was known in his own right with a couple of solo singles before joining the Moody Blues in 1966. His first single with them, "Fly Me High," was a hit but those that followed, like "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" became classics. The "Days of Future Passed" album become a favourite of the NASA astronauts and was taken aboard the Atlantis shuttle space craft by Chief astronaut “Hoot” Gibson on many missions. Later Moodies hits include "Question," "The Voice," "Gemini Dream," "I Know You’re Out There Somewhere," "The Story In Your Eyes," "Your Wildest Dreams," and more.
This decade, Justin released several solo recordings; an album of new songs "Spirits Of The Western Sky" was released in 2013 followed by several solo tours, and in 2014 the DVD "Spirits…Live" reached #1 on the Billboard Video chart. 2016 saw the release of "All The Way," a compilation from his solo career. “All The Way” includes Justin’s solo songs, a recording with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, solo live performances and unique versions of classic Moody Blues tracks and the brand new song “The Wind Of Heaven.” Several tracks from that album are part of his show on this current tour.
Justin was presented with The Golden Note award from ASCAP in 2005, the top honor for a British writer. In 2013, The Performing Rights Society in the UK awarded him his second Ivor Novello statue for Outstanding Achievement, and of course in early 2018 The Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Justin said, “My acoustic solo tours give the perfect balance to the big production of the Moody Blues concerts. I’m so lucky to have both”.