The Moody Blues in a 3,000-seat room air-conditioned to the extreme and a human tide of several tens of thousands of people under the stars were treated to a party worthy of the best Mardi Gras in New Orleans in the dog days: the two last major events of 31st Festival International de Jazz de Montreal were equally satisfactory, though not for the same reasons.

Where does one begin? At the beginning, of course. The Mardi Gras parade my colleague Maxime Demers describes in another article. The following has to do with the Moody Blues at Wilfrid-Pelletier, where 3,000 fans - most of the same generation as the three original members of the band - have been teleported in time.

Teleported, because this show of which I was hoping for nothing more than the correct versions of Nights In White Satin and I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock N 'Roll Band) was astounding in more than one respect. As soon as Justin Hayward and his voice from 1967 began the show, I told myself that we were not there to attend a performance of grandpas ripe for the dustbin.

For an hour and forty-five minutes, Hayward (guitar, vocals and class), John Lodge (vocals, bass and posturing) and Graeme Edge (drums and irony) - strongly supported by the second drummer Gordon Marshall - flew over a career of some 45 years with a stunning force and fervor.

You want standing ovations from the crowd? The first took place at the debut of the band, and others (with a portion or all of the people on the ground floor level and above) occurred after the offerings of Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) – from the mythical album Days of Future Passed -; I Know You're Out There Somewhere - with spotlights trained on the floor - The Story In Your Eyes, Isn’t Life Strange?; Higher and Higher, I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band) and, of course, Nights In White Satins, colossal, with Hayward raising his voice to the highest peaks, as on the 1967 record.

I’m exaggerating? Talk to the 3,000 fans who kept giving the band repeated ovations, including our colleague from the sports section of, Pierre Durocher, who earned such a celebration after his season with the Canadiens. Perfect.

(article goes on to describe other performances)