Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward has been heard the world over. He returns to Rockport with his 2020 tour Nights with hits from the Moody Blues and solo favorites from his storied career. Over the last forty-five years the Moody Blues have sold 55 million albums and received countless awards, including getting inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Hayward was one of the prime architects of this enduring success.
Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Hayward taught himself to play the ukulele, soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups. Upon leaving school at 17 he began playing with UK Rock and Roll hero Marty Wilde. He joined the Moody Blues in the summer of 1966 and hit his stride immediately with the single “Fly Me High.” He followed it up with the classic hit songs “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” from the seminal album Days of Future Past.
Hayward showed no sign of slowing down creating other classic, era and genre-defining hits including “Question,” “The Voice,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” “The Story In Your Eyes” and “Your Wildest Dreams.” These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of the Moody Blues – as well as his solo work – which continues to this day.
When the Moody Blues took a break from touring in 1975, Justin worked on the Blue Jays album, followed by the hit single “Blue Guitar.” Although the Moody Blues continued to record and tour at the highest level, Justin also found time to create several solo albums including Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View from the Hill.
While releasing solo albums and DVDs and working on many different projects, including new solo recordings, Justin continues to tour with the Moody Blues all across the world; Justin has toured with the band extensively in the US, but also the UK, Europe in each of the last few years.
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