The mood was of the Blues - but great

ISN'T Life Strange?You spend years asking the Question: Are the Moodies ever coming to Ipswich?Then they come along and play the Regent twice in the same night – it's a real Gemini Dream!They claim: "I'm just a Singer (in a rock and roll band).

ISN'T Life Strange?

You spend years asking the Question: Are the Moodies ever coming to Ipswich?

Then they come along and play the Regent twice in the same night – it's a real Gemini Dream!

They claim: "I'm just a Singer (in a rock and roll band)." But to their fans they remain the greatest classic rock band in the world.

And few were left doubting that claim after they brought the house down in Ipswich.

The Moody Blues have been around for 35 years now, producing innovative big-music productions like no one else.

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On Saturday they showed that while some of their hair might be grey – although Justin Hayward and John Lodge look as if they've been taking lessons from Dorian Gray – their sound is still fresh.

Their show was full of contrasts, from the lyric quality of, For my Lady, through to the fast, driving beat of, Stepping in a Slide Zone.

Of course Nights in White Satin brought the house down – but the real highlight of the show Ray Thomas' virtuoso performance in Legend of a Mind.

Justin Hayward is often known as the voice of the Moodies, but John and Ray perform their own compositions on record and in concert – vital when the band is playing two two-hour concerts at the end of an intensive tour.

It was a night to remember – and thousands of fans would love to welcome the band back soon.

Paul Geater.