The latest news about the Moody Blues--the only real news about the British band these days--is that it officially changed its famed late-'60s stoned-surrealism line "Timothy Leary's dead" to "Timothy Leary lives," in deference to the fact that the counterculture guru is actually dying. But when the Moodies came to that lyric during "Legend of a Mind" at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Ray Thomas sang the old version.
Perhaps that was for the best: The new lyric is about today. The concert was not. Drummer Graeme Edge set the show's tone right off the bat when, backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, he solemnly delivered his spoken segment from the band's 1967 "Days of Future Passed," pausing knowingly at the line, "Senior citizens wish they were young."