“We try to put the concert together as though it is an album,” Lodge said. “It takes the audience through all different emotions and hopefully makes them come back.”
Last summer, The Moody Blues released a box set of their albums, “Timeless Flight,” featuring previously un-released songs, live recordings, a book and DVDs. Though it was their record company’s idea to put it together, the band members approved each element.
“I think they did a great job. I’m really proud of that box set,” Lodge said.
Lodge said he’s also pleased with the Feb. 24 re-release of his 1977 solo album “Natural Avenue” – not only on CD, but also as a 180-gram vinyl. Lodge explained that listening to music on a record just makes it sound so much better.
“Whether you like the music or not, the actual sound is just great,” Lodge said with a laugh, adding that he had not listened to the album in years and when he heard the final mix in the studio he though it sounded great.
Lodge said it’s hard for him to pick a favorite song to perform because he likes so many of them for different reasons. He said that “Nights in White Satin” is great to play because it’s the single that started it all. He also enjoys “Isn’t Life Strange,” because “life is strange.”
He explained that the audience doesn’t know what the artist has gone through that day to get to the venue to perform, but once the show starts and that energy level goes up, that’s what matters.
“You just get an energy level from the audience,” Lodge said.
John Lodge of the Moody Blues