Birmingham born John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter & vocalist of The Moody Blues, will headline The Birmingham Night of Stars Charity show at the Symphony Hall on 11 th April which will also feature Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia & Atomic Rooster). The event is in collaboration with the Westside Business Improvement District, DIS – and will be hosted by comedian Jasper Carrott. Proceeds will be going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charities and Westside Charitable Endeavour, dedicated to recording the area’s historical attributes.
John Lodge will perform an hour long set of favourite solo and classic Moody Blues songs including Isn’t Life Strange and Ride My Seesaw . This Show is part of Lodge’s solo UK 10,000 Light Years Tour. Carl Palmer 20-minute set will feature classic tracks including Nut Rocker and Fanfare For The Common Man .
Birmingham’s renowned comedian Jasper Carrott, chair of the city’s Walk of Stars project created by Westside BID, said: “We love throwing the spotlight on people who were born and bred in this great city and then went on to become such big stars. “The audience will enjoy various musical treats and I will also interview both John and Carl about their childhood, fame in the 1960s rock and roll scene, and what they’re up to now.”
Tickets for Symphony Hall show are £28 or £15 (subject to booking fee) buy them here: https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/birminghams-night-of-stars-in-aid-of-birmingham-childrens-hospital
Full dates are:
Tue April 9th East Sussex Trading Boundaries
Thur April 11th Birmingham Symphony Hall, Night of Stars (Jasper Carrot, Carl Palmer)
Fri April 12th Milton Keynes The Stables
Sat April 13th London Cadogan Hall
Sun April 14th Wimbourne (Dorset) Tivoli Theatre
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The John Lodge band features long term collaborator Alan Hewitt (Music Director and Keyboards) and Billy Ashbaugh (Drums) from the Moody Blues touring band, together with Duffy King (Guitars) and Jason Charboneau (Cello). Together they capture the heart of classic Moody Blues songs he has penned and recorded including Isn’t Life Strange , I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band) , Ride My Seesaw , Gemini Dream, Steppin’ in a Slide Zone , as well as Peak Hour , & Evening Time both from Days of Future Passed and the never before played live, Candle of Life .
The tour will support both Lodge’s Live tour CD/DVD – John Lodge: Live From Birmingham – The 10,000 Light Years Tour (2016) which features artwork by Roger Dean, together with his Live from Birmingham album (2017) both recorded in his hometown. There will also be special treats including Saved by the Music from the Blue Jays album and Legend of a Mind dedicated to Ray Thomas. This is a not-to-be-missed show full of beautifully crafted songs, great energy and sound, and a fantastic atmosphere that will ‘ bring the audience to their feet ’.
As a member of The Moody Blues since 1966, John Lodge has spent much of his life touring the world, as part of a ‘rock n roll band’. His first solo album titled NATURAL AVENUE was released 40 years ago in 1977, but was never performed live. When asked what has taken him so long to get his own show on the road, John was quick to point out, with a smile, that he has been busy with his “other band”.
During his remarkable career with the Moody Blues, Lodge John has received numerous awards including an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to Music and an ASCAP (American Society Of Composers & Publishers). He was also recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. John has been voted one of the 10 most influential bass players on the planet. The album ‘Seventh Sojurn’ was Billboard number 1 for 5 weeks, and Lodge wrote both the singles from this album, the high-energy I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band) and the beautiful and ethereal Isn’t Life Strange.
The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums and are celebrating the 50 th Anniversary of their iconic album ‘Days of Future Passed’ with a hugely successful US tour, which includes a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl. The release of their live album ‘ Days of Future Passed, Live’ , recently reached the top of US DVD charts. The Moodies continue to perform their music to fans across the generations, and can also currently be seen performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction on HBO, and on Amazon Prime, which features two of John’s hits, I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band) , and Ride My See-saw . .
Lodge also has a wine line titled “Krisemma Wine,” which has won several prestigious international awards including ‘Best South African Chardonnay’ in the International Wine Challenge.