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Justin Hayward with Special Guest Mike Dawes

Infinity Hartford


Sat, August 22, 2015
Hartford, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Price: $69 - $89

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Justin Hayward with Special Guest Mike Dawes

You love the Moody Blues, now you have the chance to see iconic, founding member, singer and songwriter, Justin Hayward deliver not only the Moody’s hits, but his own beautifully crafted tunes in a performance that will surely end up in your “Wildest Dreams!”

Justin Hayward

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Artist Bio

Justin Hayward was born on 14th October 1946 in the house next door to his grandfather’s in Dean Street, Swindon, Wiltshire. He was educated at Shrivenham School, Berkshire, and Commonweal Grammar School, Swindon, where he gained five ‘O’-Level passes.

From the age of 5 he enjoyed singing and inherited his grandfather’s collection of 78s when he was 6, which opened up the magical world of music to him. He had a few piano lessons at 7, learned to play the ukulele at 9 and with help from his parents and hire purchase, Justin had achieved his ambition of owning a guitar by the age of 10.

Whilst still at school, Justin played in youth clubs and in back rooms of pubs around Swindon, starting in the late ’50s with his group The Woodpeckers, then with The Satellites, The Rebels Rock Group, The Off-Beats, The Whispers and All Things Bright.

In 1965 Justin answered an advertisement in “The Melody Maker” and found himself one-third of The Wilde Three with Marty Wilde and his wife Joyce, appearing on stage at the London Palladium in April of that year. He recorded two singles with The Wilde Three – JUST AS LONG/SINCE YOU’VE GONE and I CRIED/WELL WHO’S THAT – before branching out on his own and recording two solo singles in 1965/1966 – LONDON IS BEHIND ME/DAY MUST COME and I CAN’T FACE THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU/I’LL BE HERE TOMORROW. To this day, he credits Marty Wilde as having encouraged him to always write and sing his own material. Soon after the release of his solo singles, Justin answered another Melody Maker advertisement which led, in the Summer of 1966, to his letter and songs being passed on to Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues by Eric Burdon of The Animals, so beginning a famous and acclaimed 40-year career with the group, which started with the recording of Justin’s FLY ME HIGH as a Moody Blues single which was followed within a year by the release of his song NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN.

In 1974, after the Moodies took a break from touring and recording, Justin got together with fellow Moody Blue John Lodge and Moodies producer Tony Clarke in the making of the album BLUE JAYS and in 1975 they toured extensively in the UK. Justin’s composition BLUE GUITAR, recorded with 10cc, was released under the Blue Jays banner and reached the top ten. In the same year he worked with other artists on the album FLASH FEARLESS -v- THE ZORG WOMAN (PARTS 5 AND 6).

1977 saw the release of Justin’s first solo album SONGWRITER, from which were taken three singles ONE LONELY ROOM/SONGWRITER (PART 2), COUNTRY GIRL/DOIN’ TIME and STAGE DOOR/LAY IT ON ME.

This was closely followed by his involvement with Jeff Wayne in the WAR OF THE WORLDS project, which brought Justin a world-wide hit single in 1978 with FOREVER AUTUMN. In that year he also found time to work with the Mandalaband and contribute to their album EYE OF WENDOR: PROPHECIES and in 1979 released a non-album single MARIE/HEART OF STEEL. This was the year Justin received the ASCAP award for NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN which had achieved chart status on three different occasions during the previous ten years on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the same year, the Moodies regrouped for their album OCTAVE and between that and their next album, LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER in 1981, Justin released his second solo album NIGHT FLIGHT produced by Jeff Wayne, which was a mixture of his own songs and those of other writers. Two singles were released from this album – NIGHT FLIGHT/SUITCASE and NEARER TO YOU/IT’S NOT ON.

Whilst continuing to busily tour and record with the Moodies, Justin still found time to record with other artists and in 1980 released a single with Marti Webb called UNEXPECTED SONG. In 1985 his third solo album MOVING MOUNTAINS was released, which contained the singles SILVERBIRD/TAKE YOUR CHANCES and THE BEST IS YET TO COME/MARIE.

In 1989 Justin released the orchestral album CLASSIC BLUE, this time collaborating with Mike Batt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to record his own interpretations of well-loved songs and from that album was taken the single TRACKS OF MY TEARS/RAILWAY HOTEL.

On 15th October 1996, Justin’s fifth solo album THE VIEW FROM THE HILL was released. Recorded in Italy, the album comprises seven self-penned racks, together with collaborations with Dennis Lambert and Mickey Feat, and two songs written by Phil Palmer and Moody Blues keyboard player Paul Bliss. Justin happily describes the abum thus: “To make beautiful music, in a beautiful place, with your best friends, is every musician’s dream – We did it! This album is a celebration of musical brotherhood and joy as I have never experienced it before.”

In March 1997 Justin was honored with the ultimate accolade when he was the chosen subject for “This Is Your Life”; an overdue recognition for a lifetime’s work.

In 2001 Justin was given the prestigious Golden Note Award from ASCAP, and in 2002 he recorded “On The Road” as part of Alan Simon’s “Gaia” project (The Charter for Environmental Planetary Urgency) which premiered on stage with Justin, Billy Preston, Jeremy Spencer and Heather Small at Midem in 2003.

In 2004, between Moodies’ tours, Justin again performed as part of the “Gaia” group for “Art On Ice” in Zurich.

In 2006/7 and 8 he has enjoyed great success with his part in” Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds” live stage show in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

As well as being vocalist and lead guitarist for The Moody Blues and pursuing a successful solo career, Justin also enjoys the challenge of working with other artists.

Mike Dawes

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Mike Dawes is an English guitar player and touring musician, hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle performers.

His acclaimed solo music has gained almost 10 million hits on popular video sharing sites, but Mike is not considered a ‘YouTube act’.  Since the release of his debut album in April 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, sessioned for and even taught multiple grammy award-wining artists, appeared on film and TV soundtracks, released apps, transcribed for international music magazines and even featured on Justin Hayward’s live DVD, entering the Billboard charts at #2.

Mike regularly tours as Justin’s lead guitar player, performing Moody Blues classics throughout the USA, Canada and beyond. Countless additional high profile musicians including Steve Vai, Gotye and James Valentine (Maroon 5) have all spoken of their admiration towards his work. Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and textures from an acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned.


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