John Lodge is the bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic British rock
band, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega-hits “Ride My See-Saw”, “I’m Just
A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)”, “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more. Lodge
has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five
decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the
“10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many
awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and Ivor
Novello Awards, to name just a few. The Moody Blues have released 15 studio
albums and countless compilations, and John has also released three critically-
acclaimed solo albums; Natural Avenue in 1977, 10,000 Light Years Ago in 2015,
and the compelling, new live document, 'LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM, THE 10,000
LIGHT YEARS TOUR'.
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lodge was fascinated by cars, and from an
early age wanted to be a car designer; but he also had a great love for music, and
bought his first guitar when he was 13 years old. At 16, he bought his beloved
Fender Precision Sunburst Bass, on which he would later perform on all the Moody
Blues hits, including “Nights In White Satin” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And
Roll Band)”. Listening to the riffs of early rock n’ roll recordings, Lodge’s love of bass
playing grew as he became interested in exploring “why” the bass guitar added such
a huge dimension to the rhythm, energy and emotion of music, and his powerful and
melodic bass, such a part of his songwriting, is the result.
2017 saw the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Moody Blues album 'Days Of Future
Passed', and to celebrate, John and the Moody Blues embarked on a very special
tour that included a complete performance of this iconic and groundbreaking album.
The tour continues in January with the fourth Moody Blues Cruise, a number of
additional dates in the U.S., and finishes with a residency at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
This celebratory concert was filmed in Toronto and is also currently being shown on
PBS as part of their 'Great Performances' program.
While still touring with The Moody Blues, Lodge undertook his first-ever solo tour,
visiting 12 cities in England, followed by a short U.S. run, and was invited as ‘Special
Guest’ onto the ‘Cruise to the Edge’, a Prog Rock cruise from Tampa to Cozumel.
Autumn of 2017 saw an additional 9-date solo tour around the U.S., finishing with a
sold-out performance at the famed City Winery venue in NYC. The last night of the
English tour was at the Birmingham Town Hall, John’s hometown, and the concert
was recorded and filmed to capture this special evening.
LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM, THE 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR has been released
as a DVD/CD box set, along with digital download and a Limited-Edition, Red Double
180g vinyl. The album features a wide selection of Moodies classics, such as “Ride
My See-Saw”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)”, “Isn’t Life Strange?”,
“Gemini Dream”, and some of his remarkable solo work, including “Get Me Out Of
Here” and “In My Mind”.
For more information go to www.johnlodge.com.