Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists. Justin is honoured with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.
LEGENDARY MOODY BLUES SINGER-SONGWRITER JUSTIN HAYWARD PRESENTS
THE STAGE DOOR TOUR
SOLO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF MAY 2016~
New York, NY (April 4, 2016)—This spring, Justin Hayward – the iconic singer-songwriter / lead guitarist / composer of The Moody Blues – is proud to present the 2016 Stage Door Tour, which will begin Wednesday, May 11 in Plymouth, NH.
Named for the song “Stage Door” from Hayward’s first solo album Songwriter, this tour represents the significance that music – particularly live music – has had in his life, and the way it has come full circle.
“'Stage Door' has a particular resonance for me as when we were small boys, my brother and I could not afford to go to the shows at the Empire Theatre in Swindon. In fact, we were regularly chased away from the lavish entrance by the fat commissionaire who stood guard there,” exclaims Justin. “But we loved the stage door - we saw many artists come and go - and we believed it was the place the real magic entered and left the building. Which of course, it is.”
“It is often the one part of the building I actually see nowadays and it has fond memories of joy for me to be lucky enough to be returning, and sometimes foreboding.”
Joining Hayward, as they have on previous tours, will be Mike Dawes (guitar) and Julie Ragins (keyboard, background vocals). The set will be a mix of fan favorites, from Justin’s solo career and The Moody Blues alike.
As one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in music, Justin Hayward has enjoyed success both within The Moody Blues (which sold over 60 million albums during his near 50-year tenure), and as a solo artist. He has written such important songs as “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “The Voice,” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” to name a few. His most recent solo album Spirits Of The Western Sky (Eagle Rock Entertainment) received critical praise, and led to the release of his Spirits…Live – Live At The Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta on DVD, Blu-ray, and CD in 2014.
Mike Dawes (ENG) is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle
His acclaimed solo music has gained over 10 million hits on popular video sharing sites, but
Mike is not considered a ‘YouTube act’. Since the release of his debut album in 2013 he has
toured almost every continent on the planet numerous times, bringing his hyper technical yet
intrinsically musical instrumental performance to tens of thousands globally. He has recorded
with and even taught multiple grammy winning artists, appeared on film and TV soundtracks,
released apps, transcribed for international music magazines and currently performs
alongside and in support of the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, the
debut live DVD of which entered the US Billboard charts at #2.
Musicians including Steve Vai, Gotye and James Valentine (Maroon 5) have all spoken of
their admiration towards Mike’s work. As direct support for Justin he receives standing
ovations every night, and according to the official Moody Blues fansite, is the first since Stevie
Ray Vaughan to do so.
Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and
textures from a single acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned. To quote the Maroon 5
guitarist, ‘What's going on? It's beautiful!'
'Jaw Dropping' Guitar
Player Magazine (US)
'Astounding Virtuosity' Gotye
‘He slaps, taps and caresses his way to brilliance’ Guitar
World Magazine (US)
He’s among the very best in the world. He’s exceptional, I know you’re going to love him’ –
Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
For further press/reviews, visit http:mikedawes.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1bzUaf_gvU Somebody That I Used To Know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYksCAhjthk The Impossible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuRBGpEHcnI Boogie Slam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bijQXgNM0g Boogie Shred