By: Gary Graff
Justin Hayward does not have great news for Moody Blues fans hoping for a new album from the band.
The singer-guitarist tells us that during the past decade or so, the group -- whose last studio set was the holiday album "December" in 2003, and "Strange Times" before that in 1999 -- "got quite disillusioned with the fact we were releasing things, (and) had a couple of new albums over that last few years that would always be piggybacked on greatest hits for with something else, treated as secondary."
Instead, Hayward notes, he, bassist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge are concentrating on "rediscovering the fantastic catalog we have...that we're enjoying bringing onto the stage," including tapping into rarities that the Moodys have seldom performed in the past.
As for future releases, Hayward notes that the band "has had a lot more success with DVDs, so I've got a feeling the next Moody’s work might be something like that," though nothing specific is planned at the moment.
Hayward will release "Spirits of the Western Sky," his first solo album in 17 years, on February 26, while the Moodys return to the road March 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a six-day Moody Blues -- The Voyage cruise departing March 20 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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