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The Moody Blues' John Lodge - Part One - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence - February 2022

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Find the entire Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

This week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes another important British group that emerged in the 60’s, The Moody Blues, and returning guest, bassist, sometime guitarist, singer and songwriterJohn Lodge. John has a new live release, The Royal Affair and After, recorded by his solo band in 2019 while at a tour stop in Las Vegas.

We’re thrilled to welcome John back after appearing with us on Off The Road in 2020, and being our guest prior to the pandemic in 2019. This time he joined us from his home in Barbados!

In part one of our feature, we hear what John’s been up to, with a recap on his pandemic experience prior to speaking with him in mid 2020, and then walking us through his remote work on the album. We also dial in on John’s personal story of musical development, as he takes us back to his childhood, and his earliest musical influences, and the role his parents played in buying his first instruments. He also explains how he went from guitar to bass and offers a riveting story of seeing Buddy Holly live in concert!

Tomorrow we’ll conclude with John sharing incredible stories of some of the biggest Moody Blues songs of all time that are featured on the new live release. He also tells us a fun Hawaii-themed story based around a Moody Blues tour stop in the islands, and a surprise encounter with the late, great Jack Lord of Hawaii 5-0! We’ll also post the complete new interview tomorrow.


See video of the live version of Ride My See Saw featured on the new live album:

See the video for Gemini Dream from the new live album:

See the video for Isn't Life Strange from the new live album:

Hear the previous two interviews with The Moody Blues’ John Lodge and Dave!



Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the recent artists we’ve welcomed include The Yardbirds' Jim McCarty, Joss Stone, Don McLean, Third World’s Stephen “Cat” Coore, Deep Purple’s Don Airey, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle, Pat Metheny, Black Uhuru’s Derrick “Duckie Simpson”, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey, Alice Cooper,Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, George Benson, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joe Satriani, The Doors’ John Densmore, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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