Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music/road Report Moody Blues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music/road Report Moody Blues

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St. Petersburg Times

(June 8, 1996):

Maybe Timothy Leary isn't really dead. Maybe he was just outside Legends Field, looking in, as the Moody Blues told us all along. How else to explain the impromptu light show that accompanied the British rockers' rendition of "Legend of a Mind," an ode to the late acid guru?

Lightning that suddenly, continually illuminated the eastern sky was so timely, so dramatic in context with the song that it was difficult to think of anything else. Even a veteran eye had to search the rafters of the stadium to see if it was a floodlight gimmick. More than 7,000 fans heard faithful re-creations of beloved hippie hits, bolstered by a strong performance by the Florida Orchestra. The Moody Blues is one of the few bands that would try such an audacious effect, and nearly singular in having the majestic tunes to do it.

After fanfare by the orchestra (possibly titled "Overture for Stragglers"), the Moody Blues took center stage with energetic versions of "The Voice" and "Gemini Dream," and mixing-board problems quickly became apparent. Several songs in the first half of the concert, including the intro, suffered from inappropriate volumes that drowned out key instrumentals or pushed background singers to feedback level. The audience still sighed lovingly at the opening strains of "Tuesday Afternoon" and cheered psychedelics flashed on a back screen. A few of the selections -- "Eternity Road," for example -- weren't the sort of performances that build concert momentum.

-- Steve Persall

The Houston Chronicle

(June 3, 1996):

Timothy Leary may be dead, but the aging Moody Blues were far from it during a concert before an almost-packed Woodlands Pavilion Friday night.

Backed by 55 members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the veteran British rock band performed a two-hour show in two sets, ranging throughout its vast repertoire and including 1968's "Legend of a Mind."

With its lyrics about Leary, that song was played as a tribute to the turn-on guru of the `60s, who died that day. …

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