By: Gary Graff
The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward is planning some new music in the coming year -- but under his name rather than the band's.
The singer-guitarist plans to release a new solo album, his first since 1996, in 2013, but he tells us that it will certainly sound familiar to the group's legion of fans:
"I've got an album of 14 new songs and stuff I've had for quite a few years and it's sort of gathered momentum over the last couple of years and...It's been a real joy to do...It's very, very kind of Moody Blues influenced, a lot of it, but you'll definitely be able to tell, 'Oh, that's the guy from the Moodys,' which is usually what people say when they hear me."
Hayward is still determining a release date and title for the set. His last solo album was "The View From the Hill;" the Moodys, meanwhile, haven't released an album of new material since "Strange Times" in 1999, though its holiday set "December" came out in 2003.
The Moodys are currently on a U.S. tour that wraps December 15 in Las Vegas.
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