By: Ray Hidalgo
On the heels of releasing his first solo album since 1996’s The View from the Hills, Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward has announced 10 dates for the Spirits of the Western Sky tour in August.
Released on February 26, Spirits of the Western Sky, a 15-track record, touches a deep chord within Hayward’s identity as a musician.
“I realized I was writing about people, acquaintances and lovers, about friends and those I only knew at a distance,” Hayward says in a note dedicated to fans on his official website. “About events and places that invoked precious emotions and memories. I got lost in it completely and it became my whole life.”
The album explores some of the musician’s roots within the different genres that have played a role in his growth as an artist, evoking a mellow, pensive feel that almost teeters into the category of smooth jazz, despite maintaining the identity of slow rock through a driven guitar narrative.
“The album moves me because it is true,” Hayward’s note continues. “I do hope you find things in your own lives that resonate in some of the songs, in the melodies and in the guitars that are so dear to me. It's about you, not just me.”
Hayward will stay around the Eastern seaboard with shows centered around New York, Virginia, and various states in New England. Meanwhile, the Moody Blues will embark on a UK tour beginning on June 5 in Oxford and wrapping up on June 23 in Bristol.
Check out the complete listing of The Moody Blues and Justin Hayward's tour dates below and head to Hayward's official website for more info!
Moody Blues: The Voyage Continues - Highway 45 2013 UK Tour
- June 5, 2013 Oxford, UK
- June 7, 2013 Cardiff, UK
- Jun 8, 2013 Birmingham, UK
- June 9, 2013 Liverpool, UK
- June 11, 2013 Newcastle, UK
- June 12, 2013 Manchester, UK
- June 14, 2013 Sheffield, UK
- June 15, 2013 Nottingham, UK
- June 17, 2013 Ipswich
- June 18, 2013 Plymouth
- June 19, 2013 Bournemouth
- June 21, 2013 Brighton
- June 22, 2013 London
- June 23, 2013 Bristol
Justin Hayward - "Spirits of the Western Sky" Tour:
- August 2, 2013 Munhall, PA Music Hall Of Homestead
- August 3, 2013 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage - SOLD OUT
- August 5, 2013 Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live
- August 6, 2013 Albany, NY The Egg Center For the Performing Arts
- August 7, 2013 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre
- August 9, 2013 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall Theatre
- August 10, 2013 New York, NY The Concert Hall
- August 14, 2013 Alexandria, VA Birchmere Music Hall
- August 15, 2013 Alexandria, VA Birchmere Music Hall
- August 17, 2013 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre