John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of The Moody Blues, and inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has released a live version of his classic hit “Gemini Dream”.
The song was recorded live in Las Vegas on ‘The Royal Affair Tour’, and appears on John’s new album ‘The Royal Affair and After’ due for release on December 3rd, and available now for pre-order here. This is the second single from the album, and a video to accompany, featuring John and his band has premiered on the John Lodge YouTube page here.
“Gemini Dream” was originally released on the 1981 Moody Blues Long Distance Voyager album, and reached no.12 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, earning John Lodge and Justin Hayward an ASCAP award for song-writing. The song deals with the relationship between performer and audience, and you can see and hear the electric connection between John and his audience when he performs this song! John and his 10,000 Light Years Band bring an incredible energy to this recording, and it was a fan favourite on the ‘Royal Affair Tour’, never failing to get the audience up and dancing.
“‘Long time no see’… those opening words to “Gemini Dream” resonate even more with me today – what was true in 1981 has become true again in 2021. The song is about balancing ‘twin’ lives – touring musicians, and non-touring musicians. I finished my tour on March 8, 2020, and was in lockdown within days, but I never expected to be off the road for this long… Although this was a forced ‘sojourn’, it was a creative time, writing and recording new songs and a time well-spent with family, but as the song says, “the time is right” to get back on the road. Let’s keep that Gemini Dream alive for all of us…..and thank you for keeping the faith.” John Lodge.
Joining John on stage is his ’10,000 Light Years Band’; Alan Hewitt (Music Director and Keyboards), Billy Ashbaugh (Drums), Duffy King (Guitars) and Jason Charboneau (Cello) and together they capture the heart of this classic Moody Blues song, a song that is so relevant again today for John and the band as they wait to get back on the road in 2022.
The Royal Affair And After is to be released on December 3. The limited edition vinyl will be released on January 28.
JOHN LODGE 2022 TOUR DATES
March 8 Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT
March 9 Levoy Theatre, Millville NJ
March 11 Suffolk Theater, Riverhead NY
March 12 Warehouse at FTC, Fairfield CT
March 13 Infinity Hall, Hartford CT
March 15 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA
March 16 Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis MD
March 17 The Tin Pan, Richmond VA
March 19 City Winery, Nashville TN
March 20 City Winery, Atlanta GA (two shows in 1 night)
March 23 The Villages, Florida (two shows in 1 night) ON SALE JAN ‘22
March 25 Ponte Vedra Hall, Jacksonville FL
March 26 Stage 954 at the Casino at Dania Beach, Dania Beach FL