Iconic rock band The Moody Blues to play Wilmington

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The Moody Blues will perform in Wilmington in March as part of the band's 'Fly Me High' national tour. Photo courtesy Mark Owens.
The Moody Blues will perform in Wilmington in March as part of the band’s ‘Fly Me High’ national tour. Photo courtesy Mark Owens.

The band that brought you “Your Wildest Dreams” and “Nights in White Satin” is bringing its music to a local stage this spring.

Iconic band The Moody Blues will play Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, March 22, as part of its 2016 “Fly Me High” tour.

The 24-city national tour, which kicks off March 3 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, is named after the band’s 1966 recording of the same name.

For nearly five decades, The Moody Blues–made up of lead guitarist and vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist and vocalist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge–has been at the forefront of the classic rock music scene.

The trio has numerous multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles topping the Billboard charts at number one and within the Top 20 and Top 40.

In addition to “Nights In White Satin” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” The Moody Blues is know for hits like “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question” and “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).”

The tour name is a commemoration, of sorts, to mark the anniversary of the date Hayward and Lodge joining the original lineup of Edge, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder.

“2016 is the 50th anniversary of John and myself joining the band and one of the first things we did together that year was record ‘Fly Me High’ at our own expense at Regent Sound Studios in Denmark Street,” Hayward recalled.

“The suits at Decca liked it but thought it could be recorded better,” continued Hayward. “So we turned up at the Decca studios on the appointed day, where we met Tony Clarke for the first time. He was assigned to us as in-house producer and we recorded the song again. Decca released the new version and it was picked up by the BBC, who used it as a jingle for a while. It was all absolutely great and ‘Fly Me High’ was the start of our new sound and direction.”

Tickets for the downtown Wilmington concert are $65-$125 and go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance gets underway at 7:30.

Tickets will be available online, in person at CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center box office, 703 N. Third St., or by phone at (910) 362-7999.