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Moody Blues News Archives - 2008

Isle Of Wight DVD to be released early 2009
November 2008: The latest issue of Goldmine Magazine reports that the Moodies' 1970 Isle Of Wight DVD will be released early in 2009, not before Christmas as originally stated.

Hard Rock Park to go on auction block
November 2008: The Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, which filed for bankruptcy in September, is scheduled to go on the auction block December 15th. There are rumors that several potential buyers are interested in the property, but whether they will reopen the park or simply sell the attractions and build something new is unknown. It's also not clear what will happen to the Moody Blues memorabilia that was donated for the Nights In White Satin ride.

Three albums remastered and reissued
In Justin's last newsletter, he mentioned remastering Octave, The Present and Long Distance Voyager. Those three classic albums were reissued in the UK on November 10th. Visit the HMV website to get your copies!

The Moody Blues at the Isle of Wight, 1970
August 2008: The first reviews are in on the Moodies' new Isle of Wight CD. A DVD of the band's entire performance is due out next year. The Moody Blues performed at the third Isle of Wight festival in 1970, along with such artists as Joni Mitchell and Jimi Hendrix. "Nights In White Satin" was featured in Message To Love, the official Isle of Wight documentary. Apart from this and an audio bootleg, this performance has never been released. Visit for more details.

Hard Rock Park files for bankruptcy
Myrtle Beach, September 2008: Hard Rock Park has announced that they are closing for the season and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They plan to reorganize and will hopefully reopen in 2009. In June, the Moodies inaugurated the Nights In White Satin dark ride and played at the Grand Opening ceremonies.

Justin's September 2008 newsletter
Justin has a new letter on his website, where he talks about preparing for the Fall Tour and remastering three classic Moodies albums.

Justin appearing with Mario Frangoulis
Justin will be the special guest of Mario Frangoulis on September 19th at the Royal Albert Hall in London. More information is available at Mario's MSN Group.

WOTW news
September 2008: Jeff Wayne's live War of the Worlds tour will make a stop at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on June 30, 2009. The Ticketmaster presale will begin September 13 at 10:00 a.m. Dutch time. The regular sale will begin September 14. Click here to access Ticketmaster Holland. The official site has also created a page especially for 2009 tour information and tickets. The tour is now scheduled to begin in Dublin instead of Aberdeen. Presale tickets for site members will go on sale September 30, and will go on sale to the general public October 3. Visit Chris Spedding's site for a list of tentative dates.

Core Seven Reissues
The band's first seven albums were reissued on July 15th, complete with the bonus tracks that were included on their recent SACD Special Editions. Click here to read a nice blog review.

New DVD release
The reviews are in on the new Blu-Ray version of Lovely To See You, the band's 2005 concert video filmed at the Greek Theatre.

A Justin Hayward trading card!
July 2008: Upper Deck's new Football Heroes series includes three Justin Hayward "Guitar Hero" cards. They are selling very well on auction sites. Click here to search Ebay for your own Justin cards. Visit the Sports Card Forum for more information about the series.

Justin's July 2008 newsletter
Justin has a new letter on his website, full of nostalgia and praise for his hero, Buddy Holly. Click here to read it.

Mario Frangoulis DVD in the works
May 2008: On May 3, Justin and several other international stars joined Mario onstage at the Athens Arena for a night of beautiful music. Plans are under way to release the concert on DVD.

Threshold restocks "Moving Mountains"
Summer 2008: Justin's 1985 solo album is available once again! E-mail Threshold for more details.

"War of the Worlds" celebrates 30 years
June 9, 2008: WOTW was released on June 9, 1978. To mark the occasion, Jeff Wayne has announced that the 2009 UK tour will begin June 10th in Aberdeen. Visit the official site to read more about the tour and Jeff's plans to update the site.

Hard Rock Park gig a success
June 2008, Myrtle Beach, SC: The Moodies inaugurated their new NIWS ride by placing their hands in cement and burning the ceremonial ribbon with large candles. By all accounts, the evening concert with the Long Bay Symphony was excellent, as always. Visit the forum at Discover Myrtle Beach to see photos of the ceremony and concert (registration required to view photos).
Take a video tour of the park!
Experience NIWS - The Trip
Hard Rock Park Website

Justin's June 2008 newsletter
Visit Justin's website to read his thoughts about the recent tour, his performances in Athens and the new Hard Rock Park ride.

Moodies in space
June 1, 2008: The crew of the space shuttle Discovery awoke to the sounds of "Your Wildest Dreams" on Sunday. This isn't the first time a Moodies song has been chosen for the honor.

Moodies to perform at Hard Rock Park
Myrtle Beach, SC: The Moody Blues will perform on June 3, 2008 during the Grand Opening Ceremonies at the new Hard Rock Park. A dark ride entitled Nights in White Satin - The Trip has been dedicated to the group.

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