Justin Hayward - The Voice of The Moody Blues

Presented/Guest
with Mike Dawes
Date
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Time/Doors
Show 7:30 PM
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Justin Hayward’s renowned, highly successful career in music is now in its fifth decade. The timeless troubadour is best known as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the iconic Moody Blues, whose hits include the masterful “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “The Voice” plus other classic, era and genre-defining hits. These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of the Moody Blues – as well as Hayward’s solo work – which continues to this day.

Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Hayward’s interest in music started when he was five years old and bequeathed with his grandfather’s collection of 78 rpm recordings. Having taught himself to play the ukulele, Hayward soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups. Upon leaving school at 17 he answered an advertisement in the Melody Maker newspaper and successfully auditioned for UK rock and roll hero Marty Wilde. Hayward credits Wilde with encouraging him to become a songwriter; he made several recordings with the ‘Wilde Three’ and appeared with them at the London Palladium.

Once he established himself as a songwriter in his own right, he joined the Moody Blues in the summer of 1966. Hitting his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High,” he followed it up with the hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Past. The Moody Blues would go on to sell 70 million albums worldwide, which includes 18 platinum and gold LPs. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, Hayward also found time to create several solo albums such as Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill. He hit the Top Ten globally in 1978 with “Forever Autumn” – created for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album. Hayward then took to the stage – for five years, from 2005 – 2010, and starred in its spectacular live stadium production.

His album of new songs Spirits Of The Western Sky (2013) was followed by a ‘live in concert’ DVD ‘Spirits…Live’, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Video chart. 2016’s All The Way followed - a compilation of Hayward’s solo work and live performances of Moody Blues classics -- and the 2020 released digital EP One Summer Day/My Juliette, featuring two brand new songs. Also noteworthy: Hayward’s recent "Tuesday Afternoon" video series featuring deep cuts from The Moody Blues and from his solo career.

Special guest Mike Dawes will perform an opening set, as well as play guitar in Hayward’s band. Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitarists.

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Mike Dawes is an English guitarist known for composing, arranging and performing multiple parts simultaneously on a single guitar. He is hailed as one of the world’s most creative modern fingerstyle guitarists with a repertoire spanning solo viral videos and popular arrangements, alongside mainstream chart success performing with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues.

Dawes was named ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World’ two years in a row (2017 & 2018) by Total Guitar Magazine/MusicRadar reader polls and simply needs to be seen to be believed. His ability to combine the melody, bass, harmony and percussion all seamlessly together with just one guitar leaves audiences absolutely stunned, both with original music and popular covers.

He is now releasing his first ever live album, ‘Shows and Distancing: Live in the USA’ . The album features fan favorites such as ‘Boogie Shred’ and ‘The Impossible’ as well as ‘William Shatner’s Pants’ in its live debut. It also features many of Dawes’ viral cover arrangements with unique versions of ‘One’ by Metallica, John Mayer’s ‘Slow Dancing In A Burning Room’ and Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
Dawes says “The energy captured on Shows and Distancing is impossible to replicate away from the stage, which is something I miss dearly in these strange times. I didn’t want to release a live record without capturing the live energy of the room, especially at a time where all we have is recorded music. For that reason, I’ve included the crazy audience moments – the clap alongs, the laughs, the singing, the banter and all the devices I try to employ to reach the reluctant drag along at the back of the room! Shows and Distancing is about togetherness.” He continues, “I hope that the moments captured on this record keep the appetites of live music fans satisfied. I feel that so many people are missing their live music fix right now and it is the perfect time to release a live record, even if nothing more than a thank you to the fans for some wonderful shared memories across the USA, and across the world.”

Shows and Distancing was recorded in 2019 throughout the United States, with a few extras from the past. The first show was captured just off Central Park in New York City, whilst the second show turned out to be the last concert of the Justin Hayward 2019 US tour before quarantine. The album also features some rare highlights such as Dawes’ duet with Quist on ‘One’, cut at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Added extras include previously unreleased songs from Mike’s first ever headline concert in the USA.

Dawes’ previous solo album, ERA, spawned a viral hit with his arrangement of ‘One’ that has over 4.5 million YouTube views and over 100 million more views on various social media sites. His debut record, What Just Happened?, features a large number of additional video hits with over 12 million YouTube views for two popular versions of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. He is featured on multiple Justin Hayward live releases including​ Spirits…Live​, which debuted at #2 on the US Billboard Chart. Dawes also has a strong reputation as an educator, acting as a columnist for Guitar World and Acoustic Guitar magazines as well as teaching multiple guitar workshops all over the world, creating apps, publishing degree level literature and more.

In addition to touring with Justin Hayward, Dawes has toured with fingerstyle guitarists such as Andy McKee and the legendary Tommy Emmanuel. He has also been a prominent part of several ‘International Guitar Night’ tours throughout North America, most recently hosting the record breaking 20th Anniversary tour in early 2020.