The Moody Blues' first performance was in spring of 1964, with their first hit single -- a cover of Bessie Banks' "Go Now" -- being released in the fall. In 1967, The Moody Blues attempted to record a rock version of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony. The band eventually abandoned the project, but persuaded the composer to help them record a concept album using Decca's London Festival Orchestra. The result was The Moody Blue's hit record, Days of Future Passed reaching #27 on the UK Albums Chart and reaching #3 on the Billboard 200.
The Moody Blues' follow-up album, In Search of the Lost Chord, featured Justin Hayward's sitar skill as well as the hit singles "Legend of a Mind" and "Ride my See Saw". The Moody Blues felt their popular orchestral sound was hard to recreate on tour dates and set out to make a record that could be performed thusly. The result was 1970's A Question of Balance, which shot to the top of both US and UK charts.
After extensive international tours for the next two years, the members of The Moody Blues found themselves physically exhausted. The band decided to go on indefinite hiatus in 1974 and reunited in1977 to record a new album, at the urging of Michael Pinder. Conflict ensued and Pinder eventually quit work on the album before it was done. Octave was finally ready for release in 1978 and world reunion tour dates planned, when Pinder backed out of the tour, citing his family as the reason. The other members of the band replaced Pinder, which would eventually lead to a long line of keyboardists that wouldn't be included in the band's official roster.
Despite the obvious loss of Pinder's songwriting and psychedelic Mellotron, The Moody Blues' next album, Long Distance Voyager, was a huge success. Keys of the Kingdom achieved only modest success, prompting the band to take a seven-year hiatus. Despite the recording hiatus, The Moody Blues maintained a consistent concert schedule, attempting to finally master the incorporation of an orchestra into live performances. The recording hiatus ended in 1998 when the band began recording Strange Times.
The Moody Blues continue to put on amazing live shows that they've honed over their tenure. The Moodies have 2011 tour dates planned for the spring/summer on their US Precious Cargo Tour. The concert schedule begins on April 27 in New Orleans and will mostly visit states in the western part of the United States, with a few tour dates in the mid-west. The Moody Blues' tour dates for 2011 end on June 11 in Chicago, and with many VIP Package Sales sold-out, fans should buy their tickets soon.