The Moody Blues is one of the most enduring bands in rock history. The story is one of musical invention, lineup changes and longevity. Fans of oldies radio know the band for the 1964 number-one hit “Go Now.” The Moody Blues most people know is the one that began with the 1967 album Days of Future Passed. The lineup featured guitarist Justin Hayward, bassist John Lodge, flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas, keyboardist Mike Pinder and drummer Graeme Edge.
Days of Future Passed, along with The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper and a handful of other lesser-known concept albums, changed rock music forever. Featuring the London Festival Orchestra, it was the first rock album to fuse classical music and it inspired a string of orchestral-rock albums. Despite the group’s renown, The Moody Blues is still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their fans and even some journalists grow angrier about their exclusion as each year passes. When asked about the annual snub, Graeme Edge laughed heartily and said, “We’re not really sure we want to go in, because all the hoopla is kind of fun.”
Edge is extremely likeable. He’s quick to laugh and does not take himself too seriously—he still loves being the drummer in a rock and roll band.
The group’s last album is the 2003 winter/holiday release entitled December. Edge seems to think the Moody Blues may never make another album. “It’s so different now,” he remarked. “We’re older gentlemen now and our lives are very full. To put aside the time to do an album would be very hard for us and nobody is interested in our style anymore—no one on the manufacturing side. We’re ready if someone can come up with a project. Our problem is we don’t have a manager. Our manager passed on 20 years ago and we couldn’t find anybody that knew more about the business than us.” Still, Edge indicated that they would like to make one last, “lap of honor” album, as he put it.
According to Edge, all three members of the band continue to write. “Justin is always writing,” he said. “John and I tend to write bits and pieces, and what I write is more poems.” Given the orchestral embroidery and pastoral imagery of its music, the group seems like a natural to write film music. In fact, any of the group’s albums would have been the perfect soundtrack to the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movies. About writing film music Edge said, “They never give you enough time in movies.”
As for the future, Edge laughed mischievously and said, “You never know what’s around the corner. That’s the great thing about the career we’ve had.”