Moody Blues announce summer tour, delay box set’s release

By Susan Sliwicki

Moody Blues fans, we’ve got good news and bad news.

The bad news? Universal Music Enterprises has pushed back the release of “Timeless Flight,” a 17-disc, career-spanning box set, by nearly three weeks, from June 4, 2013, to June 24, 2013. according to a news release.

The good news? The Moody Blues’ have announced a U.S. Fall 2013 tour that kicks off Sept. 26, 2013, at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Ky. VIP ticket packages are available at MoodyBluesToday.com, and tour dates are listed below. Plus, the group will be touring the U.K. and select European countries in June, and Justin Hayward will do solo U.S. tour dates in August.

Moody Blues Timeless FlightAlso in the good news category (at least, for fans who can’t swing the big bucks for the big set): Universal will offer both a four-CD version and a 2-CD plus download version of the “Timeless Flight” collection. It culls audio highlights from the larger collection, including standout album tracks, singles and B-sides, previously unreleased mixes, and concert and radio performances.

Universal has posted an “unboxing” video to show off all of the goodies in the elaborate 17-disc set (although, as of press time, the video still listed the wrong release date). Click here to view the video.

Moody Blues Timeless Flight Unboxing videoThe 17-disc set, which will be housed in an LP-sized hardbound slipcase will include: 11 CDs of digitally remastered album tracks, previously unreleased mixes and outtakes and complete concert recordings; three DVDs of rare TV performances, promotional videos and a previously unreleased concert film; three DVD-Audio discs of long out-of-print 5.1 album mixes; a 120-page hardback collector’s book and reproductions of Moody Blues memorabilia.

Moody Blues Justin Hayward Graeme Edge John Lodge

The Moody Blues (from left) Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge will start the U.S. leg of the band’s tour in fall 2013. Publicity photo courtesy of Mark Owens.

For those who prefer to get their Moody Blues fix in person, there are both group dates in the U.K. and North America featuring Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge, as well as solo dates for Justin Hayward. Tour dates, venues and cities (divided by tour) are:

MOODY BLUES: THE VOYAGE CONTINUES — EUROPEAN TOUR
June 5, 2013: Oxford, U.K., Oxford New Theatre
June 7: Cardiff, U.K., St. David’s Hall
June 8: Birmingham, U.K., LG Arena
June 9: Liverpool, U.K., Philharmonic Hall
June 11: Newcastle, U.K., City Hall
June 12: Manchester, U.K., Apollo
June 14: Sheffield, U.K., City Hall
June 15: Nottingham, U.K., Royal Concert Hall
June 17: Ipswich, U.K., Regent Theatre
June 18: Plymouth, U.K., Pavilions
June 19: Bournemouth, U.K., BIC
June 21: Brighton, U.K.,  The Brighton Centre
June 22: London, 02 Arena
June 23: Bristol, U.K., Hippodrome
June 25-26: Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
June 28: Copenhagen, Denmark, Amager Bio, Standing Concert
June 29: Stockholm, Filadelflakyrkan

Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward will tour the U.S. during August to support his latest solo album. Publicity photo courtesy of Mark Owens.

JUSTIN HAYWARD ‘SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN SKY’ TOUR
Aug. 2, 2013: Munhall, Pa., Musica Hall of Homestead
Aug. 3: Annapolis, Md., Rams Head
Aug. 5: Wilmington, Del., World Cafe Live
Aug. 6: Albany, N.Y., The Egg Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 7: Somerville, Mass., Somerville Theatre
Aug. 9: Tarrytown, N.Y., Music Hall Theatre
Aug. 10: New York City, The Concert Hall
Aug. 14-15: Alexandria, Va., Birchmere Music Hall
Aug. 17: Atlanta, Buckhead Theatre

MOODY BLUES: THE VOYAGE CONTINUES — TIMELESS FLIGHT FALL 2013 TOUR
Sept. 26: Louisville, Ky., Palace Theatre
Sept. 27: Cincinnati, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 28: Mount Pleasant, Mich., Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
Sept. 29: Cleveland, Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica
Oct. 1: Wabash, Ind., Honeywell Center
Oct. 2: Elkhart, Ind., The Lerner Theatre
Oct. 4: Milwaukee, The Riverside Theatre
Oct. 5: Hammond, Ind., Horseshoe Casino
Oct. 7: Peoria, Ill, Peoria Civic Center
Oct. 8: Appleton, Wis., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Oct. 9: Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines Civic Center
Oct. 11: Onamia, Minn., Mille Lacs Events and Convention Center
Oct. 12: Bismarck, N.D., Bismarck Civic Center
Oct. 14: Kansas City, Mo., The Midland by AMC
Oct. 15: Park City, Kan., Hartman Arena
Oct. 16: Denver, Bellco Theatre
Oct. 18: Airway Heights, Va.,
Oct. 19: Seattle, Paramount Theatre
Oct. 21: Portland, Ore., Keller Auditorium
Oct. 22: Eugene, Ore., Hult Center for Performing Arts
Oct 24: San Rafael, Calif., Marin Center
Oct. 25: San Francisco, Nob Hill Masonic Center
Oct. 26: Reno Nev., Silver Legacy Resort and Casino
Oct. 27: San Jose, Calif., San Jose Civic Center
Oct. 29: Paso Robles, Calif., Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Oct. 30: San Diego, Humphrey’s
Nov. 1: Los Angeles, Nokia Theatre LA Live
Nov. 2: Rancho Mirage, Calif., venue TBA

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