John Lodge – renowned bass player, songwriter and vocalist of The Moody Blues, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – today releases his critically acclaimed new live album, The Royal Affair and After on aptly colored limited edition 180g blue vinyl, with the 180g black vinyl due for release on February 11th.
Released on CD and all digital and streaming platforms on January 14th , this 10-track album includes brand-new, live recordings of all John’s Moody Blues hits, along with special tributes to all his bandmates: Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas, including a very special recording of ‘Late Lament’ by Graeme Edge.
The album has already received critical acclaim and rave reviews. Three videos have been released on YouTube to accompany the album: “Ride My See-Saw”, “Gemini Dream”, and the latest, for “Isn’t Life Strange”, was premiered this week.
The album was recorded live in Las Vegas on ‘The Royal Affair Tour’, in the Summer of 2019, with additional tracks recorded during John’s subsequent USA dates. The carefully curated set and album track list includes hits such as “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)”, “Ride My See-saw”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, and “Gemini Dream”. John has woven these tracks together with special tributes to his bandmates from The Moody Blues.
“I’m absolutely delighted by the incredible reaction to the album,” says John, “it truly is ’the soundtrack of my life’… as I always say to the fans: thank you for Keeping the Faith, but this time they truly have. It also makes me so very happy that Graeme did his special performance of ‘Late Lament’ for the album, he will be deeply missed, but always stay with us in our hearts and on this album. I’m also thankful to Jon Davison from YES who is a great friend, but also performs the vocals on ‘Nights’ so beautifully, honoring this iconic song. I can’t wait to see everyone back on the road — I’ve missed being just a singer in a rock and roll band!”