Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward heads out on his latest U.S. solo tour on Wednesday, May 11, in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The 69-year-old singer/guitarist’s trek has been dubbed the Stage Door tour, which is named after a tune from his 1975 debut solo effort, Songwriter.
Hayward tells ABC Radio that fans coming out to his new shows will get to hear him perform a brand-new song that he co-wrote with frequent collaborator David Minasian that premiered at a special Q&A event held last night in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“It’s something that David and I did together with Alberto [Parodi], my producer,” he explains. “And needless to say, it’s a lovely piece of work, in our opinion.”
Minasian also directed an accompanying video for the song that debuted at the Cambridge event. In addition, the clip is featured on Hayward’s recently released new solo DVD, the Minasian-directed Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre, which will be sold at Justin’s forthcoming tour stops.
As for what else he plans to play during the trek, Hayward tells ABC Radio, “[T]here’ll be things from most of The Moodies’ albums, and certainly some things that we’ve never done on stage before with The Moodies. And, of course, the songs from [my 2013 solo album] Spirits of the Western Sky.” Justin says he also may include Stage Door in his set.
“[It’s] not the greatest song I’ve ever made,” he maintains, “but there was lots of family and friends on the record, and it’s a lovely sort of fun thing.”
Hayward also explains that his decision to title the tour Stage Door was inspired by a visit he paid a friend who works at a historic opera house in Nice, France. Impressed by the venue’s ornate stage door, Justin had his friend take photos of him by it, and he says he began to muse about the different stage doors he passes through while touring.
“I thought, ‘Stage doors are the one thing I do get to see,'” he explains. “I rarely ever see the front of house in a gig…Also, I don’t know how long this touring life is gonna go on, and so it’s the place that I’ll exit from, I suppose [when I retire].” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The U.S. leg of Hayward’s Stage Door tour runs through a June 24 show in Mount Vernon, Washington. He’ll follow that with a U.K. trek in September. Here are all of his upcoming U.S. dates:
5/11 — Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey
5/12 — Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
5/14 — Chester, NY, Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center
5/15 — Lexington, MA, Cary Hall
5/17 — Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
5/18 — Albany, NY, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts
5/20 — Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
5/21 — Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
5/22 — South Orange, NJ, South Orange PAC
5/24 — New York, NY, City Winery
5/25 — New York, NY, City Winery
5/26 — New York, NY, City Winery
5/28 — Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
5/29 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
6/1 — Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater
6/2 — Oklahoma City, OK, Hudson Performance Hall
6/3 — Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre
6/4 — Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
6/7 — Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
6/9 — Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
6/10 — San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
6/11 — Pasadena, CA, The Rose
6/12 — Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club
6/14 — Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
6/16 — Oakland, CA, Yoshi’s
6/17 — Napa, CA, Uptown Theater
6/19 — Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theater
6/20 — Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
6/22 — Bend, OR, Tower Theater
6/23 — Aberdeen, WA, D & R Theatre
6/24 — Mount Vernon, WA, Lincoln Theatre
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