Last Night: The Moody Blues at the Verizon Theater

The Moody Blues
Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie
May 2, 2011

Better than:
attending an AARP convention.

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The Moody Blues

Seeing that most of the original members of The Moody Blues are well into their 60s and 70s at this point, it was no surprise that the audience that gathered together last night at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie was also a bit long in the tooth.

But, despite their advancing years, the few thousand in attendance danced and yelled as if the band's music had indeed turned back the clock to the late '60s -- or at least the mid-'80s.

Playing songs from every phase of their four-decade career, The Moody Blues were a tight and professional unit that gave a solid two-hour performance of both their hits and a surprising number of deep album cuts.

For every hit like "Tuesday Afternoon" or "Your Wildest Dreams," Justin Hayward and crew threw in some obscurities that only true fans would appreciate. Songs such as "Meanwhile," from 1981's Long Distance Voyager, or "Isn't Life Strange," from 1972's Seventh Sojourn, were pleasant additions to the set list that didn't derail the elderly audience's attention.

"Peak Hour," a deep cut from 1967's Days of Future Passed, got one of the best ovations of the evening.

Of course, by the time The Moody Blues got around to "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" and "Nights in White Satin" late in their second set, it was clear that it was past the bedtime of many in the audience.

It was a Monday night for God's sake. There's bingo to be played tomorrow.

Still, The Moody Blues put on an inspired performance before an enthusiastic crowd. Everyone leaving the venue had a smile on his or her face when the night was over. It was an evening of memories that just so happened to feature a good song or three.

The Moody Blues don't mind helping folks relive a few fond memories. Who can argue with that?

Critic's notebook
Personal Bias:
As a teenager, I had a fond admiration for The Moody Blues. Their songs always seemed to have a deeper meaning than most of what was heard on FM radio back in the '70s. "Nights in White Satin" was pompous to be sure, but at least it had weight.

By the Way: T-shirts were on sale for $45. What's the concert world coming to?

Random Note: I saw exactly two kids in the crowd, both about 10 years old. One boy was pretty into the songs. I wondered if he lived with his grandmother who played Moody Blues songs all the time on her eight-track player.

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Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, TX

Category: Music

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Sweetbearies
Sweetbearies

I need to go to a Moody Blues concert one of these days. 

Claire
Claire

This is a tactic that you learned from Wilonsky. "How can a band this good suck this bad - Hey! I said they were good! Didn't you read the article?" Darryl, when you said you were 46 that said it all - you're afraid of getting old, irrelevant, and unhip. Christ, I saw the Moody Blues get their heads handed to them by Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1983, they seemed like dinosaurs then! I also saw them a couple of years ago in Ft. Worth and marveled at how they seemed to give a shit about Nights in White Satin when you knew they had to be 30 times as sick of that song as anyone. Sigh, why do I care? I know you don't, you're just trying to raise peoples' ire. But the Wilonsky method of shitting on something then immediately doing the wounded puppy routine is old. Not as old as the Moodies, but old.

Vdavis1459
Vdavis1459

...hey critic!....I attended the Concho concert on Thursday night and was totally "BLOWN AWAY"! ...from ABBA to Zappa, I thought I had seen it all(107 concerts),but nothing bested the Moodies!!!!....and it wasn't past my bedtime;smartass

Slezak
Slezak

You know, even though I think there may have been one too many age references in the review, that seems no excuse for the vicious comments made here. You all come off far more foolish than the reviewer does. Is this really an example of how the Moody Blues fans behave?

And djrockchick...I've seen your so called Journalist site and it is nothing but a bunch of insane ramblings about how in love you are with Justin Hayward so I don't think I'd be calling anybody else a fool if I were you. :-)

Michaelericalves
Michaelericalves

Seriously, "Personal Bias: As a teenager, I had a found admiration for The Moody Blues." A found admiration? Put on your bifocals when you write this shit!

Suffering Bastard
Suffering Bastard

You can't spell either, huh?

truthseeker
truthseeker

i was tired. of course it was fond. how many times do i need to say that i like this band? maybe i found an admiration. just like i did for shitty elvis costello cover bands.

Sjrodner
Sjrodner

D~ Being 'tired' is not an excuse for major typos found in your 'review'. You ask 'how many times do I need to say that I like this band'?

The fact is, no one really cares whether you like this or ANY other band you're reviewing. As I mentioned before, a true journalist writes objectively and without bias.

How about an apology to the reader's of the DC9 AT Night blog? That's a good place to start. Daryl, don't be a hater. There are already too many in this world. It's really all about the music anyway.....

kaki
kaki

Geez.. what a review. I know more about the audience now than the show itself. The Moody Blues have been playing for over 40 years. What do you expect? You should be glad those elderly folks are still going to the shows or the band wouldn't be touring as much as they do. These shows go way beyond just reliving fond memories. They are still making new ones and forming relationships with those longtime faithful fans. You say you know the band, but you seem to be missing something here.

Sjrodner
Sjrodner

Darryl: After reading your review I was tempted to simply respond with two words ~ Bite Me. Though as you can see, I decided to provide a bit more feedback... As you stated, your style of journalism (and I use that term loosely) 'is to invite comments' and you go on to say ' and that's just what those 'snarky' comments did'.

You may find this difficult to process but many reviewers are able to give a straight forward, unbiased account of a performance without being 'snarky'. Looks like DC9 AT Night (the people paying you for your services) had a hater in the house last night.

Oh, and one more thing~ a professional journalist would have checked the spelling of someone's name before hitting the send button....

Rock Man
Rock Man

We watched the Moody Blues on Saturday night at Winstar.They gave the best rock concert I ever have heard. To downplay a group this good because they aged doesn't make much sense.

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

I was not downplaying the band because they have aged. and sorry for not spelling Justin's name correctly. The hazards of responding too quickly. As for the good vs. god part, I like that typo. The band is aging and so is their fan base. Just facts and some humor. Reviewers poke fun at shows where the audience is very, very young. Just observations. If you really read my show review, you'd know I liked the music. If you read my Q and A with HAYWARD, you will see I know the band as well.

Suffering Bastard
Suffering Bastard

You're a douche.

truthseeker
truthseeker

just so you know, suffering bastard was at the show and made some pretty bad comments about the audience. he's a douche hiding being a tampon.

Rasmewsen
Rasmewsen

Well, the people who hired you should now FIRE you over that comment. You are disgustingly unprofessional.

Darrylrs
Darrylrs

I totally respect the moody blues. If you read my Q and A with Justin Haywood, you would see that. Part of reviewing a show is talking about the audience. Part of a reviewer's job is to invite comments and that's just what those "snarky" comments did. "Life is Strange" is a deep cut in that it was not a hit. The fact that they play it regularly doesn't make that less of a fact. I had a god time at the show and I wrote how well I think the Moody Blues performed. Hell, I'm 46 years old and I was the fourth youngest guy in the house! I am not some young whipper snapper out listening to Lady Gaga and then slumming at the Moody Blues show. Please lighten up. The crowd comments were just for fun.

Slqhracing
Slqhracing

The fact that you preferred to make fun of the age issue over and over again in your article rather than describing or analyzing the Moody's music tells me all I need to know about your capabilities and experience as a reviewer.

Rasmewsen
Rasmewsen

Such a sad, sad review. Please show some respect to the general public - which happens to be, by the way, your reading audience. You may be 46 years old but you come across as a smart*** kid in your article. Not funny. And for goodness sake, if you're seriously trying to promote yourself as a professional reporter, please learn how to spell: "Hayward" -- not "Haywood"; "good time -- not "god time."

Djrockchick
Djrockchick

You got his name wrong. It's Justin Hayward you fool! and yes that was the worst review I ever read and I'm a journalist myself!

JLinda Rileyuslin217
JLinda Rileyuslin217

Mr. Smyers: do you have something against older musicians and older people in general? Why can't you just mention the concert was good, without all the snarky comments related to age? It really is unnecessary and makes you look foolish. The Moody Blues still have a faithful following, and are still touring several times a year. Whatever flash-in-the -pan bands that are popular now and that you listen to will be lucky to last a tenth of the time that the Moody Blues have...show some respect, Mr Smyers!

Mark Goodeill
Mark Goodeill

That was one of the worse reviews I have read in a long time. How many times do we need a reminder that the Moody Blues are vintage? Darryl, please ask some of your older peers how to write an article that engages the reader's attention rather than the delete key. BTW, Isn't LIfe Strange is not an obscurity, they've been singing that one on stage since the seventies! How many times can one embarrass themselves in one article? Mark

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