Visiting the Boomer Era

Last night my wife and I with our good friends were down at The Fabulous Fox theater here in Atlanta, GA.   We went to see The Moody Blues.

We saw the local Public TV station promoting this show with a performance of The Moody Blues from the Royal Albert Hall in London.  They were good and we made a note to pick up tickets if they came to town.   Well of course they were coming to town as we heard shortly on the pledge break.  Ha!   But rather than several hundred dollars per ticket, we elected Ticketmaster to buy directly.

Well I was a big fan of music back in the day and I bet if you are an older Boomer, then you were too.  We loved our music. The Moody Blues was just one of those bands of the era and I remembered liking their music but couldn’t remember exactly all their big songs.   So pre concert Saturday afternoon I really to into YouTube and played their music for a few hours.    I played Tuesday Afternoon, Your Wildest Dreams, I’m Just a Singer and Nights in White Satin.  I was pleased later at the concert they played all these favorites.

But this YouTube recording from 1970 of Tuesday Afternoon really got me to remembering how it was back then.  Wow, look at the smoke in this club; how could they sign in that stuff?  Look at the hair and clothing from that area.  And then to think this same singer would be singing the same song at the concert 42 years later.   The band has tour the world many times over and last longer almost any others; what an accomplishment.

At the concert the drummer Graeme Edge, who is an original member of the group, announced he is 70 years old! He came out and danced the jig on stage for a while and really got the crowd going.  He said when he started with the band 45 years ago when he was 25 yrs old, his hair was brown, his teeth was white and he made a V with his fingers and said that stood for the peace sign.  He said now his hair was white, his teeth was brown and the V is for Viagra.

Justin Haywood is the main singer who has been with the group since 1966 and who is 65 years old.   At the concert he sounds just like he did back then; just like he did on the Tuesday Afternoon YouTube video.   The other lead singer is John Lodge also with the group since 1966.  He is 67 years old.   Can you believe it?   They are still quite good and if you get a change, go see them perform.

The Fox was sold out and everyone was my age or older.  But when the lights when down and our music came out there was much dancing and grooving going on.   A good time was had by all!

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