The Moody Blues’ John Lodge

Thursday
25
Oct

The 10,000 Light Years Tour

2018 Rock Hall Inductee - Meet & Greet Available

A Cleveland exclusive!
Celebrating John’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction with The Moody Blues!

$75 includes pre-show meet & greet with John, as well as a keepsake artist t-shirt and poster, and a photo from your camera.

Meet & Greet begins promptly at 5:30pm. Please check in at the box office between 5:15 and 5:30pm and you will be escorted to the meeting area. Please restrict autograph requests to 2 items. The Meet & Greet package will be an add-on option once you have selected your concert ticket, during the buying process.
 

 

Why you should see this show…

John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of The Moody Blues, and recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is bringing his ’10,000 Light Years’ solo tour to Cleveland. This is a unique opportunity to see John perform his hits from the Moody Blues, together with some of his solo work, and a few special treats that are sure to delight both fans and music lovers alike.

John will appear with his 10,000 Light Years Band, and together they capture the heart of classic Moody Blues songs he has penned and recorded such as “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),” “Gemini Dream,” “Ride My See-Saw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone,” “Peak Hour,” “Evening Time” (the latter two from Days of Future Passed), and the never before played live “Candle of Life.” John will also perform songs from his solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago. This album received critical acclaim, and his song, “In My Mind,” was nominated for “Anthem of the Year” in Prog Mag. John also has very special treats such as “Saved by the Music” from the Blue Jays album, and other new surprises that are being added to the set. This is a not-to-be-missed show full of beautifully crafted songs, great energy and sound, and a fantastic atmosphere.

If you are new to the music of John Lodge, come and experience why this music is so legendary, and has influenced musicians and fans for generations, and of course if you love the Moodies you will love this show…

 

John Lodge Bio
John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from “Ride My SeeSaw,” to “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more, Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling over 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and Ivor Novello Award. He has also released two solo albums; Natural Avenue in 1977, and more recently, 10,000 Light Years Ago, as well as the duo album Blue Jays in 1975 with Justin Hayward.

Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lodge had a great love for music, and bought his first guitar when he was 13 years old. The young musician spent two years learning to play the instrument, and then, with friend Ray Thomas, formed the band, El Riot & the Rebels. Listening to the riffs of early rock ‘n’ roll recordings, Lodge’s love of bass playing grew as he became interested in exploring “why” the bass guitar added such a huge dimension to the rhythm, energy and emotion of music, and his powerful and melodic bass, such a part of his songwriting, is the result.

After high school, Lodge reunited with former bandmate Ray Thomas, and was invited to join Thomas, Mike Pinder and Graeme Edge as bass guitarist/vocalist for The Moody Blues, in 1966. Guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward subsequently joined the band.

Blue Jays was released in 1975 and included Lodge’s “Saved by the Music,” a hard rocking piece with great hooks and a beautiful, catchy chorus, and was considered by many to be a highlight of the record. Natural Avenue, released in 1977, featured Chris Spedding on guitar and Mel Collins on sax and included the powerful ballads “Say you Love Me” and the anthemic “Who Could Change.” Lodge released 10,000 Light Years Ago, his second solo album, in the spring of 2016. The recording again reunited Lodge with special guest contributions from former Moody Blues bandmates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder on the song “Simply Magic.” Legendary guitarist Chris Spedding again appears on the album, among others.

In John’s words, “Music is my life and I can’t wait to get on the road with my 10,000 Light Years Band…the venues are smaller and more intimate, but I love live concerts ‘have bass will travel’ that’s the gypsy in me. I’ll always be a ‘Moody Blue’, but I love getting the chance to perform songs that I have never performed before, and of course classic Moody Blues songs. The fans and I have traveled this road a long time and I also hope new fans will discover and explore along with us.”

 

 

Chris Cuda Bio
Chris is a self-taught all-around guitarist/composer. Chris learned music by listening to records, concerts, and by hanging around pioneer jazz guitarist Bill DeArango. Chris has recorded and/or performed with Rocket from the Tombs, and his first prog rock band THIS in the ’70s; Horns & Things, R&B bands, and solo career projects in the ’80s; The Outsiders, Len Berry, and Tommy Roe in the ’90s; and Cuda RenKo Cuda, aka Cuda Krishna Cuda original Prog-Jazz founded in the 2000s.

Chris, along with his brother, Tony, formed an original prog/jazz trio in 2006 called CuDa, RenKo & CuDa. The band released 3 CDs and played many concerts with some of the most influential recording artists of our lifetime including; Allan Holdsworth, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin/Stickmen, Carl Palmer (ELP), Ambrosia, Project Object (former Zappa members), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) and Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Mike Clark.

 

Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. The Concert Hall kitchen will be open through intermission. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.

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