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Moody Blues lead singer to perform on campus
January 28, 2014Tweet
Justin Hayward, the longtime voice of the Moody Blues, will perform songs from his new album “Spirits of the Western Sky” and Moody Blues favorites in an acoustic setting at the Anderson Center at 8 p.m. Monday, May 19.
Born in 1946, Hayward discovered his love of music early and was playing guitar by age 10. He played in youth clubs and the back rooms of pubs until he formed his own group in the late 50’s. In 1965, he joined The Wilde Three, toured and recorded two singles with the group before branching out on his own and recording two self-penned solo singles in 1966. After the release of the singles, Hayward sent some of his compositions to Eric Burden of the Animals. He passed them on to Mike Pinder of the, Moody Blues thus beginning an acclaimed 36-year history.
The band’s hit have included “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “The Story in Your Eyes,” “Gemini Dream,” “In Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.” Fourteen Moody Blues’ albums have gone gold or platinum.
In addition to being lead guitarist and vocalist for the Moody Blues, Hayward has had a successful solo career plus worked with many other artists. He also has given his time and talent to performing and recording for charitable organizations.
Hayward’s individual awards include four ASCAP awards, the BMI Million Plays award, an Ivor Novello Statue as well as numerous other songwriter awards around the world. His song, “Nights in White Satin” is regularly in the all-time lists of favorites, including being in the Top 10 Songs of the Millenium, voted for by the public on BBC TV.
Tickets are $35, reserved seating, and are now on sale. Call 777-ARTS for more information. The concert is sponsored, in part, by Cool 106.7 and Z-93.