PERFORMING THEIR ICONIC ALBUM LIVE ONSTAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY – FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
LEGENDARY BAND TO BRING AUDIENCES ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA A FIRST-EVER LIVE TOUR OF THEIR ENTIRE LANDMARK ALBUM FEATURING “NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN,” “TUESDAY AFTERNOON” AND MORE; PLUS GREATEST HITS
TOUR BEGINS JUNE 3 THROUGH JULY 23
Los Angeles, CA (Feburary 16, 2017)– The Moody Blueswill launch a special live tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic, landmark album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, which was originally released in 1967. The band will reflect back on five decades of some of the most well beloved music in pop culture history this summer, when they perform live onstage, for the first-time ever, their epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra. The tour, titled DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY, will bring the live excitement of seeing the band perform their greatest hits in the first half, and then finish with DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED performed in the second half. The tour begins on June 3 in Rancho Mirage, California, and continues through July 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, hitting 25 cities (and 28 performances), including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Cleveland, Nashville, and many more.
Fans will have waited 50 years to experience this moment in time, as the band’s first full-length studio album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, was a ground-breaking concept album when it was first released. So unique in its approach, the recording of their first studio album turned out to be piece of music history. Their record label, Decca Records, had requested that the band record an album to test “stereo recording,” which was in its infancy at the time. Being primarily a classical label, The Moody Blues were asked to record a rock version of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony. The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms. Behind closed doors, they came up with the concept of fusing classical music with rock, but written to their own soundtrack. The result was DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, an album that today, many consider a masterpiece – featuring one full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person with songs that include: “The Day Begins,” “Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling,” “The Morning: Another Morning,” “Lunch Break: Peak Hour,” “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon),” “Evening Time to Get Away”; Twilight Time” and “The Night: Nights In White Satin.”
From DAYS, the song “Tuesday Afternoon” became a massive worldwide hit, and “Nights In White Satin” marked one of the first four minute songs played on the radio, going on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history, and hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard. The ultimate result: one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time.
Says Hayward, “Little did we know when we made DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED that it would eventually change our lives — it took five long years to make it the top of the charts. But we mustn’t take all the credit for this remarkable project — there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced. We just wrote the songs — about every-man. My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place. It will be a joy to return to it, live.”
Adds Lodge, “DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED…seven days that changed my world…”
From the time the British band first hit the rock scene, The Moody Blues have continued to produce music that bridge the gap between rock, classical and pop-rock genres. Featuring guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues’ sound has held its ground in a genre of music that is ever-changing.
The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. Their roster of hits include: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few. The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands of all time.
“DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR” dates are as follows:
6/3/17 Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage, CA
6/4/17 Starlight Theater Pala, CA
6/6/17 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
6/7/17 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
6/9/17 Edgefield Portland (Troutdale), OR
6/10/17 Chateau Ste. Michelle Seattle (Woodinville), WA
6/11/17 Chateau Ste. Michelle Seattle (Woodinville), WA
6/17/17 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
6/18/17 Ironstone Amphitheatre Murphys, CA
6/20/17 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre Denver (Englewood), CO
6/27/17 Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, MN
6/28/17 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
6/30/17 Ravinia Park Chicago (Highland Park), IL
7/1/17 Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts Dayton (Kettering,) OH
7/2/17 Hard Rock Live Cleveland (Northfield), OH
7/6/17 Sony Centre For Performing Arts Toronto, ON
7/7/17 Sony Centre For Performing Arts Toronto, ON
7/9/17 Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT
7/10/17 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
7/12/17 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantaugh, NY
7/13/17 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
7/15/17 Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
7/16/17 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
7/18/17 Sands Bethlehem Events Center Bethlehem, PA
7/19/17 Pier 6 Pavilion Baltimore, MD
7/20/17 Wolf Trap Vienna, VA
7/22/17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
7/23/17 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
For ticket and VIP Package information visit: www.MoodyBluesToday.com/tour.
William Wyman “Billy” Sherwood (born March 14, 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada) is a musician, record producer, and engineer.
Sherwood comes from a musical family which includes his father Bobby Sherwood, who was an actor, musician, and big band leader, his mother Phyllis, a singer and drummer, and brother Michael, a keyboardist and singer. His godfather is the late Milton Berle. Billy has a wife, Michi.
Sherwood’s music career started when he joined a band called Lodgic formed by Michael. Billy played bass and sang, while Michael played keyboards and sang back up. Lodgic also included Guy Allison on keyboards, Jimmy Haun on guitar and Gary Starns on drums. They eventually moved the band to Los Angeles in 1980. After many years of trying to get things together, they recorded their debut album Nomadic Sands, released in 1985.
Lodgic eventually broke up, and Billy Sherwood put together a new band with Guy Allison. They recruited guitarist Bruce Gowdy and drummer Mark T. Williams to form World Trade. They recorded their self-titled debut in 1989, with Sherwood taking on the roles of engineer, mixer, and producer again, along with his band duties as bassist and lead singer.
Yes and other projects
Then, Sherwood and Gowdy were asked to come and jam with Chris Squire, Alan White, and Tony Kaye of Yes. Singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Trevor Rabin had left the band and the idea was for Sherwood and Gowdy to replace them in the band. Rabin returned to the band, but demos were recorded by a line-up of Squire, White, Kaye, Rabin and Sherwood. However, Yes were to merge with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Sherwood was relegated to the role of side musician, appearing on one track of the subsequent album Union. Like Trevor Horn before him, Sherwood was uncomfortable with the idea of replacing Anderson as the front man of Yes, but he struck up a friendship with Squire that would lead to work with him throughout the next 20 years.
During the hiatus of Yes, Squire put together the Chris Squire Experiment, having Sherwood as the lead singer while playing some guitar and keyboards. Sherwood then went on to record a project called The Key with guitarist Marty Walsh, though they would not release the album until 1997.
Behind the board, Sherwood worked with Motörhead, Dangerous Toys, and Paul Rodgers (formerly of Bad Company) as producer and engineer. Sherwood also guested on Toto’s Kingdom of Desire album, singing and playing bass. He also produced a couple of tribute albums, including Jeffology, a tribute to Jeff Beck. Sherwood then joined Yes on tour as an additional musician, playing guitar and keyboards for their tour in support of Talk.
Sherwood got back together with his band mates from World Trade and released Euphoria in 1995, with Jay Schellen replacing Williams on drums. After this, he worked with a multitude of artists. Most of his work was as producer, mixer and engineer, including on more tribute albums: Dragon Attack, a tribute to Queen; Salute to AC/DC; and Crossfire, a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Sherwood would co-produce, engineer and mix the new studio tracks for Yes’s Keys to Ascension and Keys to Ascension 2 albums. Sherwood started work on a third album by World Trade, but the band would fall apart. He would later use much of that material as his debut solo album The Big Peace, released in 1999.
After the two Keys to Ascension albums, Rick Wakeman left Yes. Sherwood’s friendship with Chris Squire would then lead him being asked to join the band again. The material that they had written together was used as the basis of what would become Open Your Eyes, released in 1997 by Yes. Sherwood played guitar and keyboards. Igor Khoroshev would join the band before the tour as the keyboardist leaving Sherwood to playing guitar and supplying backing vocals.
After returning from the tour, Sherwood and Yes returned to the studio to record The Ladder. During this time too, Sherwood and Squire started putting the finishing touches on their album Conspiracy, largely based on the Chris Squire Experiment material, which was released while Yes was on tour in support of The Ladder in 2000. Billy also took time to perform on his brother Michael’s album Tangletown, released in 1999.
Yes recorded a show during The Ladder tour in Sherwood’s hometown of Las Vegas at the House of Blues. This was released as an album and DVD titled House of Yes. Then after the tour, an announcement came that Sherwood was no longer a member of Yes.
After his departure from Yes, Sherwood worked with Chris Squire to release Conspiracy, including some work they composed together some years before. Following that, Sherwood composed his first solo album called The Big Peace in which he played most of all the instruments and also produced. The album was a sort of back to basics of his progressive roots.
In 2003, Sherwood released another album with Chris Squire, the project becoming known as Conspiracy. The album was titled The Unknown.
More recently, Sherwood has been working on further tribute albums, notably Back Against the Wall and Return to the Dark Side of the Moon, tributes to Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon respectively. The latter includes a new track recorded with Tony Kaye.
In 2007, a new band with Sherwood, Alan White, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun was announced, called Circa. With the release of their debut album Circa 2007 and a live DVD concert, Circa has played various live dates. White left the band and was replaced by Jay Schellen.
Sherwood is also credited for writing the theme song for the online anime series, Kung Fu Jimmy Chow.
In August 2008, Billy Sherwood’s released his third solo album, At the Speed of Life, for which he received an award that year as the best Progressive Rock Producer.
On January 14, 2009, Circa self-released on the Internet its second studio album, Circa HQ. This time, White was not available due to his commitments with Yes (who had begun a new tour). Sherwood’s long time friend, collaborator and drummer, Jay Schellen, replaced White on the album. After a short international tour, Sherwood and co. started another project with former Toto singer, Bobby Kimball. Kimball, Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haun formed new band, Yoso, with a debut studio album in April 2009. Haun later abandoned the line-up (in order to focus on his work for adverts). He was replaced by Yes tribute band guitarist, Johnny Bruhns. Schellen chose to focus on his work in Asia Featuring John Payne and, after a number of other drummers, the band toured with Scott Connor on drums. Yoso then disbanded. Sherwood also released his fourth solo album, Oneirology.
In 2011, CIRCA: returned with a new line-up of Sherwood, Kaye, Bruhns and Connor, while Sherwood released his fifth solo album, What was the Question?. In 2012, Sherwood wrote, produced, arranged and performed on The Prog Collective, an album featuring vocal or instrumental contributions from many of the progressive rock artists he had worked with over the years. He reprised the concept with a similar collection of artists for Epilogue, released in 2013.
On October 8, 2013, they released the official video to William Shatner’s record Ponder The Mystery, followed by a sold out tour with CIRCA. Ponder The Mystery also features appearances of Steve Vai, Robby Krieger, Al Di Meola, George Duke, Vince Gill, Dave Koz, Rick Wakeman and Edgar Winter. He also played with Alan Parsons Project.
Sherwood appeared along with William Shatner in the Season 14 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen where they met blue team as part of their reward for winning the signature dish challenge.
On May 19, 2015, it was officially announced that Chris Squire would be undergoing treatment for Acute erythroid leukemia, and that Yes would continue their 2015 North American tour with Sherwood filling Squire’s role. After Squire’s passing on June 27, 2015, Sherwood—as well as other members of Yes (both former and current)–made a public statement expressing his grief. In regards to his new role as the now-permanent bassist for Yes: “Chris said to me, ‘play the music, be yourself and make me proud’. It’s my true desire now [to] live up to his wishes.”
On 11 January 2017, it was announced via Asia’s Official Facebook that Sherwood would be filling in for John Wetton for tour dates in the spring of 2017 while Wetton underwent chemotherapy. Weston died on 31 January 2017.
- The Big Peace (1999)
- No Comment (2003)
- At the Speed of Life (2008)
- Oneirology (2010)
- What Was the Question? (2011)
- The Art of Survival (2012)
- Divided by One (2014)
- Collection (2015), compilation with two exclusive tracks
- Archived (2015), album sold at Yes concerts during their 2015 tour, availability on Sherwood’s website in 2016
- Citizen (2015)
With World Trade
- World Trade (1989)
- Euphoria (1995)
- Open Your Eyes (1997)
- The Ladder (1999)
- House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000)
- Also: production, songwriting and various instruments on Union (1991), and mixing on Keys to Ascension (1996), Keys to Ascension 2 (1997), Heaven & Earth (2014), Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome (2014) and Like It Is: Yes at the Mesa Arts Center (2015)
- Conspiracy (2000)
- The Unknown (2003)
- Circa 2007 (2007)
- Circa Live (2009, + DVD 2008)
- Circa HQ (2009)
- Overflow (2009)
- And So On (2011)
- Live From Here There & Everywhere (2013)
- Valley Of The Windmill (2016)
With The Prog Collective
- The Prog Collective (2012)
- Epilogue (2013)
Solo Production Credits
- Back Against The Wall (2005)
- Return to the Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
- Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)
- Deep Purple – Slaves and Masters (1990)
- Yes – Yesyears (1991)
- Yes – Union (1991)
- Regulators – The Regulators (1991)
- Toto – Kingdom of Desire (1992)
- Motörhead – March ör Die (1992)
- Air Supply – The Vanishing Race (1993)
- Paul Rodgers – Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (1993)
- Dangerous Toys – Pissed (1994)
- Various Artists – Supper’s Ready (1995)
- Various Artists – The Moon Revisited (1995)
- Various Artists – Tales From Yesterday (1995)
- Pam Thum – Faithful (1995)
- Air Supply – News from Nowhere (1995)
- Yes – Keys to Ascension (1996)
- Def Leppard – All I Want Is Everything (1996)
- Various Artists – Crossfire: A Salute To Stevie Ray Vaughan (1996)
- Yes – Keys to Ascension (1997)
- Various Artists – Dragon Attack: A Tribute To Queen (1997)
- Paul Rodgers – Chronicle (1997)
- The Key – The World is Watching (1997)
- Treason – Treason (1997)
- Ratt – Collage (1997)
- Carmine Appice – Guitar Zeus (1997)
- Flambookey – Flambookey (1997)
- Various Artists – Thunderbolt-A Tribute To AC/DC (1998)
- Michael Sherwood – Tangletown (1998)
- Regulators – Bar & Grill (1998)
- Quiet Riot – Alive and Well (1999)
- Carmine Appice – Guitar zeus: Japan (2000)
- Yes – Keystudio (2001)
- Fear Factory – Digimortal (2001)
- Carmine Appice – Guitar Zeus: Korea (2002)
- Jack Russell – For You (2002)
- Todd Rundgren – Todd Rundgren And His Friends (2002)
- Medwyn Goodball – Anam Cara
- Various Artists – Pigs & Pyramids-An All Star Lineup Performing The Songs of Pink Floyd (2002)
- Ignition – Ignition (2003)
- Various Artists – Bat Head Soup-A Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne (2003)
- Asia – Silent Nation (2004)
- John 5 – Vertigo (2004)
- Larry Klimas – Retro-Spec(t) (2004)
- Michael Schenker – Heavy Hitters (2005)
- Various Artists – Back Against The Wall (2005)
- Edgar Winter – The Better Deal (2006)
- Various Artists – Return to the Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
- Various Artists – An ’80s Metal Tribute To Journey (2006)
- Various Artists – Lights Out: The Ultimate Tribute To UFO (2006)
- Various Artists – An All-Star Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd (2007)
- Graham Russell – The Future (2007)
- Hollywood Roses – Dopesnake (2007)
- Various Artists – 70’s Box: The Sound Of A Decade (2007)
- Julie Francis – Lucky Penny (2008)
- Various Artists – Led Box: The Ultimate Tribute To Led Zeppelin (2008)
- Various Artists – Big Movies, Big Music Volume 1 (2008)
- Various Artists – Big Networks, Big Music Volume 2 (2008)
- Various Artists – Big Networks, Big Music Volume 9 (2008)
- Various Artists – Ultimate Holiday Party Volume 1 (2008)
- Various Artists – Ultimate Christmas Party Volume 2 (2008)
- Various Artists – Ultimate Christmas Party Volume 3 (2008)
- Various Artists – A Tribute To Thin Lizzy (2008)
- Various Artists – Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles’ (2009)
- Eureka – Shackleton’s Voyage (2009)
- Various Artists – An All-Star Salute to Christmas (2010)
- Nigel Briggs – Unwind (2010)
- Mars Hollow – World in Front of Me (2011)
- John Wetton – Raised in Captivity (2011)
- Flaming Row – Elinoire (2011)
- Michael Schenker Group – By Invitation Only
- Sonic Elements – XYZ—A Tribute to Rush (2012)
- Jay Tausig – Pisces (2012)
- Various Artists – Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)
- Various Artists – Black on Blues – A Tribute to The Black Keys (2012)
- The Fusion Syndicate – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)
- Edison’s Lab – Edison’s Lab EP (2012)
- Blackburner – Planet Earth Attack (2012)
- Nektar – A Spoonful of Time (2012)
- Nektar – Time Machine (2013)
- Days Between Stations – In Extremis (2013)
- Sons of Hippies – Griffones at the Gates of Heaven (2013)
- William Shatner – Ponder The Mystery (2013)
- Dale Bozzio – Missing In Action (2014)
- Spirits Burning – Starhawk (2015)
- Time Horizons – Transitions (2015)
- Leon Alvarado – The Future Left Behind (2016)
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Regular Seat tickets for RoSfest are on sale now thru the Majestic Theater Box Office. Only combination weekend tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be available for sale at the total ticket price of $231.00.
Regular seat tickets may only be purchased on the Majestic Theater website or through the box office by calling (717) 337-8200, or in person at 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA during box office hours (Sunday: 3-7:30 PM, Monday-Saturday: 12 noon-7:30 PM).