Justin Hayward at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, September 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.
If music doesn’t move you enough to feel the cold truth of tears that run down your face, that if the art doesn’t make your heart feel the kindness, the brutality, the sensation and the despair that makes life such a gift to have in the palm of the hand; then perhaps it could be argued that you just haven’t found it yet, you haven’t found the moment which makes the tears of joy and pain of love mingle and gently swim from your eyes.
The very best of men are those that have the mystique of being legendary about them, the glow that the audience sees on stage and who revel in the mystery but also appreciate the man, the very human, the down to Earth persona of the artist who is extremely talented but immensely humble about their contribution to the world, the music and souls they have touched.
When the Moody Blues come to Liverpool, something magical seems to happen on stage that weaves its way through to the collective conscious of the audience and the spirit of the age. The moment when the zeitgeist first took a firm grip on a group of lads from Birmingham, is seen once more as the three remaining members of one of the greatest bands to come from the second city give a towering performance that is both regal and befitting a crowd.
There is no comparison readily available to the voice that made The Moody Blues one of the finest bands to ever come out of Britain. In Justin Hayward the talent he possesses is phenomenal, a real delight in a world that can seem cynical of a person still recording good quality music after nearly fifty years. That musical talent is yet again laid bare for listeners to revel in and take an hour or two out their ever-increasing busy and demanding lives in his first solo album since 1996, the exquisite and beautiful Spirits of the Western Sky.
Originally published by L.S. Media. June 15th 2009.
Cast; The voice of Richard Burton, Shannon Noll, Justin Hayward, Chris Thompson, Anna-Marie Wayne.
“No one would have believed…”
…that thirty years ago an album would come out that blew its initial budget within weeks of starting recording. An album that used some of the greatest musical talent ever and one of the most iconic and greatest of British actors to grace stage and screen. An album that was based upon the book by the “father of science fiction” H. G Wells!