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Hey guys, I’m really happy to announce the upcoming release of ‘Spirits…Live’, the new live DVD from Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, featuring myself on guitar and the talented Julie Ragins and Alan Hewitt on keys and BV’s. It will also be available on Blu-ray and CD.
We shot this on the last date of the first ‘Spirits of the Western Sky’ tour back in August 2013. The concert was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia at the amazing Buckhead Theater.
The DVD also features an hour of bonus footage, including clips of my opening set and various interviews and backstage goings on " class="wp-smiley" style="border-top-style:none;border-right-style:none;border-bottom-style:none;border-left-style:none;" />
It was a really fun night and we’re all delighted it was captured by the fantastic David Minasian and his team.
If you want to check it out, visit Justin’s website or the google. We’re all looking forward to getting back on the road soon
It’s easy enough to focus on the intimate readings here of familiar Moody Blues favorites, but Spirits … Live (due August 19, 2014 via Eagle Rock) also draws interesting, previously unheard contours around Justin Hayward’s newer songs — with “One Day Someday” as a standout example.
Most involving of all is how confidentially open Hayward himself sounds in these wide open spaces. After all, throughout his career with the Moody Blues, he’s consistently involved himself in broadly sketched productions — be that the muscular orchestral sweep of “Nights in White Satin,” the synthesized sheen of “Your Wildest Dreams” or, actually, his original take on “One Day Someday,” from last year’s Spirits of the Western Sky.
Joined by only fellow guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardist/vocalists Alan Hewitt and Julie Ragins at the Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre a year ago on August 17, 2013, Hayward strips away the studio version’s more mechanical flourishes, revealing something deeper and far more lastingly connective. Hayward also tackles “Question,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” and “Tuesday Afternoon,” as well as a number of other tracks from Spirits, his first solo album since The View from the Hill in 1996.
Deep within it all, there clearly always lurked something that sounded like Spirits … Live. That is to say, just a guy and his guitar. We knew that, intuitively. Still, to hear it is another thing entirely. Hayward has never sounded closer to the material, or closer to us. It’s a thrilling revelation.
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Over the last year or so, Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward has mounted a couple of U.S. solo tours during which he’s thrilled fans by performing stripped-down versions of some of his band’s well-known songs, as well as tunes from his latest album,Spirits of the Western Sky. Now, a concert video and album, both called Spirits…Live, have been released capturing a show that the singer/guitarist played last August at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.
The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and the CD include the entire set from the gig, which closed out Justin’s 2013 solo outing. Hayward tells ABC News Radio that he’s “very pleased” with the performance, at which he was accompanied by a three-piece backing group — young guitar virtuoso Mike Dawes and keyboardists/backing singers Alan Hewitt and Julie Ragins.
The 67-year-old British rocker points out that while the concert does showcase a lot of his new solo material, fans who are patient will be rewarded by hearing renditions of many Moody Blues hits and some lesser-known gems. Among the classic tunes featured are “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Your Wildest Dreams,” “Question” and “Nights in White Satin,” while Justin also digs deeper into the Moodies catalog to play songs like “It’s Up to You,” “Lovely to See You” and “New Horizons.” Another highlight is a rendition of “Forever Autumn,” a solo Hayward song featured on the 1978 album Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
Hayward says he really enjoyed playing his songs live with a smaller group of musicians. He offers as an example the Spirits…Live version of “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” “where you can hear it just pared right down, and to see what it was really like [when I wrote it,] and just to concentrate on the vocal performance.”
As an added bonus, the DVD and Blu-ray include some extra video footage that, as Justin points out, includes “about another 70 minutes of stuff, backstage stuff and behind-the-scenes things, which is quite interesting too.”
Hayward embarked on a second U.S. solo trek during the late-spring of this year, accompanied then by only Dawes and Ragins. He’s currently touring with the Moody Blues, but he tells ABC News Radio that another solo outing “could be on the horizon.”
“I’m certainly getting a lot of interest for my solo show, with me and Mike…and Julie, from around the world,” he reports. “And we’re having to consider that, and look at that.”
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rainbow glo wrote:So I will just say a couple of things, without revealing any details.WOW!!!! This is THE best!!! The best of the best! Better than I expected! Amazing!
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