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Moody Blues Quietly Recognizing Album Anniversary

Of the Oakland Press

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The Moody Blues are carefully, and not outwardly, commemorating the 40th anniversary of “Days of Future Passed,” their landmark collaboration with the

London Festival Orchestra.

“We don’t mention it,” says drummer Graeme Edge, 66, “but we sort of tip our hat to it. We do ‘Late Lament’ and then ‘Nights in White Satin’; it’s the other way around on the album, but we don’t want the applause for ‘Nights’ to stamp all over the poem afterwards, you know?

“So there’s like a short excerpt, if you like, of ‘Days of Future Passed,’ but we don’t mention (the anniversary). We let those people who know figure it out and those who don’t just enjoy the show.”

Edge and his remaining bandmates — guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge — have a more current agenda anyway. They’re mostly focused on touring, booking dates a year or more in advance. Their last release is a live album, “Lovely to See You,” while a new album is being talked about but not fully considered yet.

“We’re discussing things with a lot of people,” Edge says, “but quite frankly the record companies now are in serious troubles. CD sales have just disappeared, so it’s a question of finding the right people to help us put something out.

“The problem is, we’ve had a few meetings and we get these kids talking to us, and we know more about the game than they do. They’re talking to us as if we’re a new act — ‘In three years we’ll have a fan base built up ...’ — and we’re going, ‘No, no, no. We’re a bit beyond that.’ But we’ll figure out a way to get something out soon enough, I’m sure.”

The Moody Blues perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (July 20th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $49.50 reserved, $25 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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