Out Now: John Lodge ‘The Royal Affair and After’ Live Album, ft. Moody Blues Classics and More (Listen)

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“It really is keeping the Moody Blues music alive.” That’s what John Lodge said to Rock Cellar’s Frank Mastropolo in our interview geared around the release of his new live album, The Royal Affair and After, which was made available today, Jan. 14, as well as Lodge’s upcoming tour dates.

The new collection of live material is very much a celebration of the Moodies and the legacy the band built over the course of its career. Throughout, Lodge and his 10,000 Light Years Band also pay tribute to his longtime band mates, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.

The album features performances from a 2019 Las Vegas show during the Royal Affair Tour with Yes as well as others recorded during Lodge’s subsequent US tour. It’s out now on digital platforms and CD, with a vinyl edition coming on Jan. 28.

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A lengthy statement from Lodge regarding the album:

“The last two years have been strange and crazy times,” John reflects, “and we have all faced challenges we never imagined.  For me, it was very therapeutic to spend time working on this new live album.  As the COVID waves have come and gone, and we’ve been isolated and often separated from loved ones, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these songs: songs that really are the ‘soundtrack of my life’: ‘Ride my See-Saw’, ‘Isn’t Life Strange’, ‘Steppin’ in a Slide Zone’ — all seem so relevant today. 

“It also makes me so very happy that Graeme did his special performance of ‘Late Lament’ for the album: he will be deeply missed, but will always stay with us in our hearts and on this album.  

“I’m also thankful to Jon Davison from YES, who is a great friend, but also performs the vocals on ‘Nights’ so beautifully, honouring this iconic song.  

“I wish for us all as we start 2022 that this is the last COVID wave, and we can be back together again on the road, enjoying life, and this music.  At the end of the day, I am just a singer in a rock and roll band.”

And his 2022 tour dates:

8 March             Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT
9 March             Levoy Theatre, Millville NJ
11 March           Suffolk Theater, Riverhead NY
12 March           Warehouse at FTC, Fairfield CT
13 March           Infinity Hall, Hartford CT
15 March           Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA
16 March           Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis MD
17 March           The Tin Pan, Richmond VA
19 March           City Winery, Nashville TN
20 March           City Winery, Atlanta GA (two shows in 1 night)
23 March           The Villages, FL (two shows in 1 night)
25 March           Ponte Vedra Hall, Jacksonville FL
26 March           Stage 954 at the Casino at Dania Beach, Dania Beach FL

More on the record, from our new chat with Lodge about the release:

Rock Cellar: Your new live album includes tributes to your bandmates, including Graeme’s “Late Lament” in his own voice. Mike Pinder did the original recording.

John Lodge: When I started to perform live, Graeme became a great supporter. He actually came to my first concert I did as a solo artist. When we did Days of Future Passed in Toronto, Graeme didn’t record the poem. And I always thought Graeme should have recorded the poem. I said to Graeme, “I want to do your poem on stage. I don’t want to say it. Would you go in the studio and record it and I’ll film you as well? And I’m going to play it on stage every night.”

And he said, “Yeah, I’d love to, it would be an honor.” I’m so pleased now that Graeme did it. It’s his voice saying his words.

Rock Cellar: You’re joined by Jon Davison of Yes on “Nights in White Satin,” your tribute to Justin. How did that collaboration develop?

John Lodge: We did Cruise to the Edge with Yes a few years ago. I knew some of the guys in Yes from years ago but I never met Jon. He’s become my daughter’s boyfriend, and the relationship started to grow. When I did the Royal Affair tour, I ask Jon if he longed to come on stage and sing “Ride My See-Saw” with me for the encore. I thought it’d be a great thing to do.

And he did. And Yes came to me and said, “Jon’s going to do that, will you go on stage and sing “Imagine” for us for our encore?” So I did that with Yes. It’s a great relationship. He’s such a wonderful singer and The Quest, Yes’s new album, is great.

Stream the full live album below.

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