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December 2, 1996 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Moody Blues is among the most long-lived and commercially popular bands in the history of rock. It is also one of the most maligned. Always a love 'em or hate 'em type of group, the Moodys came to epitomize either the bloated, grandiose pretensions of so-called progressive rock or the artistic yearning to reach new tonal plains, depending on one's point of view.
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December 5, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Justin Hayward faced a question of balance Tuesday night at the Coach House and got the answer about half right. Having fronted the Moody Blues for 30 years, should he take the opportunity of a rare solo showcase to display unexpected facets and declare a measure of independence? Or, faced with a nearly full house of more than 400 Moodys fans, should he take the easy, sure-to-please approach by providing familiar renditions of faves from the archives?
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December 5, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Justin Hayward faced a question of balance Tuesday night at the Coach House and got the answer about half right. Having fronted the Moody Blues for 30 years, should he take the opportunity of a rare solo showcase to display unexpected facets and declare a measure of independence? Or, faced with a nearly full house of more than 400 Moodys fans, should he take the easy, sure-to-please approach by providing familiar renditions of faves from the archives?
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December 2, 1996 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Moody Blues is among the most long-lived and commercially popular bands in the history of rock. It is also one of the most maligned. Always a love 'em or hate 'em type of group, the Moodys came to epitomize either the bloated, grandiose pretensions of so-called progressive rock or the artistic yearning to reach new tonal plains, depending on one's point of view.
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August 17, 1986 | DENNIS HUNT
Justin Hayward is the most gracious dinosaur around. At 39, the Moody Blues' singer-guitarist is getting a bit old for rock 'n' roll and he knows it. But conversations about age don't rile Hayward, who is bright, articulate and unnervingly calm. Dinosaur rockers are usually uneasy with discussions about dinosaur rock, which is music by bands from the '60s and early '70s that have managed to survive and remain popular. But the subject just makes Hayward smile.
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July 19, 1990 | From Times wire services
The Moody Blues will perform mostly at outdoor venues during a three-month North American tour because the band members say their laid-back, symphonic tunes and lyrics are more suited to that sort of atmosphere. Justin Hayward, the British group's lead singer, said the outdoor sites allow families to attend the concert as a relaxed day trip and avoid what he described as the intimidating atmosphere of arena venues.
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May 18, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE." The Moody Blues. Polydor/Threshold. It's not quite like old times for the Moodies on what is only the group's fourth album of all-new material since 1972's "Seventh Sojourn." Upbeat tunes like "Talkin' Talkin' " are not quite as propulsive as, say, the old "Ride My See Saw." Slower ones like "I Just Don't Care" are not quite as lush as, say, "Nights In White Satin." And the tone of the whole thing is not quite as cosmic as, say, "On the Threshold of a Dream."
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February 7, 1999
Social Distortion's Mike Ness got buddies Bruce Springsteen and Brian Setzer to help out on his first solo album, which explores Ness' rock and country roots, due April 13. Springsteen, who has been a friend and fan for about 10 years, sings on the edgy rocker "Misery Loves Company." . . . Dave Matthews has done some guest sessions on Carlos Santana's upcoming album. Wyclef Jean has also worked on a song with Santana, as has his Fugees mate Lauryn Hill, who wrote and produced a track. . . .
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October 3, 1994 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI
For 30 years now, the Moody Blues have been venting pop passions by way of earnestly intense, high-concept art-rock compositions. They've created many moments of musical splendor, but they're also responsible for a fair amount of pretentious twaddle. Much of their recorded material seems quaintly out-of-date these days, but on Saturday, in the first of two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, the band enjoyed a kind context in which to wring some new feeling out of the old hits.
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August 17, 1986 | DENNIS HUNT
Justin Hayward is the most gracious dinosaur around. At 39, the Moody Blues' singer-guitarist is getting a bit old for rock 'n' roll and he knows it. But conversations about age don't rile Hayward, who is bright, articulate and unnervingly calm. Dinosaur rockers are usually uneasy with discussions about dinosaur rock, which is music by bands from the '60s and early '70s that have managed to survive and remain popular. But the subject just makes Hayward smile.
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September 9, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
So may I introduce to you . . . the act you've known for all these years . . . Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band--now appearing as the Moody Blues. No, the Moodies were not especially Beatlesque on Friday night at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. But these old grads of the British Invasion were utterly Pepperesque. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, you'll recall, was not the Beatles, but a wry construct the Beatles used to poke affectionate fun at the notion of old-line musical performance.
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May 27, 1996 | STEVE HOCHMAN
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.
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