46 years on, another night with the Moodies

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For Sheffield music enthusiasts of a certain vintage, the next week or so brings a few treats.

There’s The Who at the Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday and Rod Stewart at the same place the following Sunday.

But first come the Moody Blues, who are checking into the City Hall tomorrow (Friday).

It’s 46 years since the Brummie band turned from r’n’b to take advantage of this new-fangled stereo sound to release the orchestral- driven Days of Future Past, containing the mega-single Nights In White Satin.

The song remains a staple of live performances by the group, which continues to call upon the services of drummer Graeme Edge, singer and guitarist Justin Hayward and bass player John Lodge.

And their latest tour no doubt has all the other classics you would expect over two sets, including Tuesday Afternoon, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, Isn’t Life Strange, I’m Just A Singer ( In a Rock and Roll Band), Question and Ride My See-Saw.

If it sounds predictable, it’s what an audience raised on pretentious-named albums and mellotrons wants to hear.

And, after all this time, the band does make a mighty fine sound, topped by Justin Hayward’s mellifluous voice. The Moodies’ place in popular music history was assured a long time ago.