This popped up over here today.  

Dutch interview

I will have a go at translating later.   Meanwhile you might find some 'gravy tins'  if you do an online translation. 

"Old and decrepit"? 

OLD REPERTOIRE REMAINS EXCITING

 

 

“We still tour seven months in a year, but if we responded to every concert request it would be  easily be twelve months”   Says Moody Blues singer and guitarist Justin Hayward. “No I don’t have to do it for the money”

 

“It is an addiction, which comes from the feeling that I always think we can improve”

 

It sounds like the centuries old cliché of the musician who will always claim that his latest record is the best. But that isn’t so with Hayward, certainly not.  Looking very well preserved, the singer will later say that releasing new albums is pretty useless as no one is waiting for it.   Even though he has hundreds of songs ready and waiting. 

 

 

At the end of September, the Moody Blues are again at the Heineken Music Hall, with nearly all their old and earliest repertoire.   But what excites Hayward so much, is that he can still discover something new in the songs which he has performed hundreds of times.   “I can find things in some songs, which I can’t imagine putting in when I was in my twenties.  Soul singer Bettye Lavette recently brought out her version of Nights in White Satin, so different, so deep, that suddenly I was listening to a song which I wrote forty five years ago, in a new way. Since that, I sing the song in a different way, which makes the old repertoire exciting.”

 

The Moody Blues, the British rock group who- after a preliminary period as a rhythm and blues band- wrote history with seven albums which were full of orchestral pop, unusual tempo changes,   pretentious concept themes, the familiar sound of the then revolutionary keyboard instrument the mellotron, and clever harmonies.

 

In 1972, the band decided to call it a day, only to reform again five years on. A handful of albums followed, and hits and especially in America from a commercial viewpoint they were more successful than ever before.  However from an artistic viewpoint, there was very little progress from the work of the 1970 period.

 

In a period of about forty years they sold many millions of albums. Since the turn of the century, the Moody Blues have come to this country about every other year to show that they can still reproduce their classics.  There are three members remaining from their heyday period drummer Graeme Edge, bass guitarist John Lodge and Justin Hayward.

 

One of the most important reasons why the music from their glory days was so eclectic was because every band member made song contributions.

 

“At the beginning there was no competition in that respect” says Hayward, “that was a natural balance, an unspoken agreement. That changed in the 70’s, which had an affect on the underlying dynamics, and that certainly paid its part as one of the reasons why we split up in 1972”.

 

But even though every member played their part in the Moody Blues repertoire, Hayward was certainly the most prolific songwriter.  From him came the Top 100 classic song, Nights in White Satin, a popsong which almost frighteningly balances on the edge of Kitsch.

 

“Oh yes, absolutely! But the funny thing is, I didn’t realise that when I wrote it.  That came later when we went to record it for the BBC” reacts Hayward, laughingly.  Then very quickly it reached the edge of good taste.  The reason why the number didn’t actually fall over the edge was because we all worked so hard with the arrangement.”

 

“By the way, recently I bought a luxury coffee table book called Kitsch. Simply Kitsch.  Printed in the book were two of our album covers, haha, In Search of the Lost Chord and Question of Balance.”

 

Without hesitation, Hayward stresses that the albums from the period 1967-1972 form the artistic right of existence of the group, and that as a pop musician you experience your peak in your twenties.

 

“I realise that now, more than ever before. At that time, I was intent on expressing myself and the world which I experienced, in the songs.  Now when I hear or read those songs, I think ‘Was that me?’ But that’s what makes it so fascinating because those same songs still mean so much to many people.”

 

“I have no idea how long we can go on with this group. But we will stop if one of the three calls it a day. I think that with only two original members, you can no longer call yourselves The Moody Blues, but we are still going well.  It will probably be our voices which will let us down first, but no worries, as at the moment that is not the case.”

 

Moody Blues are in the Heineken Music Hall September 28th and 29th.

 

 

 






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