The Moody Blues, one of rock's most venerable bands, will be performing across the river at Elizabeth, Indiana's Horseshoe Casino at 8:00 P.M. on Saturday June 19 as part of Horseshoe's Summer Outdoor Concert Series.
And while they are not out touring in support of a new album, the show isn't simply an exercise in nostalgia, either. The band tours regularly and their last studio release December, was a well crafted collection of Christmas and winter songs, released in the fall of 2003. They have also been involved in the re-release and re-packaging of their catalog, which up to this point includes titles from Days of Future Passed to The Present.
The core of the band remains intact with Graeme Edge on drums, Justin Hayward on guitar and vocals, and John Lodge on bass and vocals. Despite selling over 70 million records worldwide and making music for well over forty years, the band is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which speaks less to the band's deserving the honor as it does to the hall's snobbery of classical and progressive rock. But for a band that had its biggest hit album (1981's Long Distance Voyager) sixteen years after the release of its first (1965's The Magnificent Moodies), The Moody Blues know it has a loyal and ample fan base. So, expect a good crowd at Horseshoe on Saturday night.
Some set list staples so far on this tour include The Voice, The Story in Your Eyes, Isn't Life Strange, Tuesday Afternoon, Nights in White Satin, and one of rock's truly great tracks Question. The shows have typically been divided into two sets with a brief intermission in the middle. Ride My See Saw has been a typical encore.
You must be 21 years of age to attend the concert, which will take place at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Outdoor Arena. The age restriction is unfortunate for parents who would like to take their kids to see a truly classic rock band in person. The show is rain or shine, 100 degrees heat index or not. Tickets are $35, $45, and $75.