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Moody Blues To Play 50th Anniversary Show At San Antonio's Majestic Theater

The Moody Blues gig Bristol 2013
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Drummer Graeme Edge, from left, guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge of the Moody Blues

The British classic rock group Moody Blues is marking 50 years since the release of its first album with a concert Friday in San Antonio.

"We're doing the 'Days of Future Passed' 50th anniversary show," said the Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward.

IF YOU GO What: The Moody Blues Where: Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St. When: 8 p.m. performance, Friday Cost:  $50-$75

The band’s songwriter, guitarist and front man has been playing with them for more than half a century, and their show at the Majestic Theater is a look back on the era.

"We perform the whole of 'Days of Future Passed' in the second half. In the first half, we do a lot of the hits we've had outside of 'Days of Future Passed,' so, yes, it's a lovely show," he said.

But the now iconic album wasn't expected to be a classic when it was released, Hayward said.

"Nobody at the time that we made the record thought it would have any commercial success,” he said. “It was made as a demonstration record. They were trying to interest people that liked rock-n-roll in stereo. Everything in rock-n-roll was limited to mono in those days."

And the songs "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon" were created, in part, to showcase stereo sound.

"I certainly didn't have a stereo record player set up 'til maybe three years after 'Days Of Future Passed.' "

In April, the Moodies will be finally inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

"It's a privilege to be acknowledged in the same building as people like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers,” he said. “It's absolutely great.”

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii