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Moody Blues treat for Suffolk fans

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

IPSWICH music fans have a rare treat in store when the Moody Blues come to town.

We can reveal that the original band members of the 1960's and 1970's will be performing live at the Ipswich Regent next year as part of their UK tour.

IPSWICH music fans have a rare treat in store when the Moody Blues come to town.

We can reveal that the original band members of the 1960's and 1970's will be performing live at the Ipswich Regent next year as part of their UK tour.

Rosie Howard, press and publicity manager at the Ipswich Regent, was delighted with the scoop: "This is not a Moody Blues Tribute – this is the Moody Blues.

"We are extremely pleased that as part of their national tour they have involved Ipswich as one of their dates.

"Ticket sales have been phenomenal even though the concert isn't until next year."

Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge will take to the Regent stage on Saturday May 25.

Their best known single is the classic, Nights in White Satin, which sat comfortably at the number one spot for several weeks and still receives enormous airplay on radio stations around the world.

Meanwhile the band's website paid tribute to the families of those killed in the terrorist atrocities in New York and Washington.

An open letter to America from the band writes: "We were deeply shocked by the recent attack on America, a nation that we have come to love through our many years of touring.

"Our utmost admiration goes to the fire fighters, police and civilians who risked their lives in an attempt to save others.

"They are a credit to their families and to fellow Americans.

"We trust the spirit of unity will assist the healing process, not only for the families of the innocent victims but for the entire population.

"We are united in wanting peace in our world.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."

The band's album "Days of Future Passed", released in 1966 must be one of the best classic rock albums of all time.

It marked a milestone in rock history as one of the very first concept albums, recorded not only with a symphony orchestra but also in stereo – which was uncharted territory at that time.

The Moodies quickly became synonymous with a whole generation of festival-loving, bead-wearing, peace-pushing music fans of the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Their latest 14 track studio album, Strange Times, was released in September 1999,

This was followed in August 2000 by the Hall of Fame album recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London during their tour of the UK earlier in the year.

nThe concert is at the Ipswich Regent on Saturday May 25 at 8 pm. Tickets, priced £23, are on sale now. Telephone the box office on Ipswich 433100.

Weblinks:

www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

www.moodyblues.co.uk

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