XPERIENCE 1970 invite you to
come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary …….of

This will be Landmark Event.


East Afton Farm, Freshwater

FIFTY years after the Isle of Wight made history
with the biggest rock festival ever staged in the UK,
Experience 1970 is returning to the iconic original Island site
to mark the anniversary with a celebratory weekend fest. John Lodge and his band will be performing.  3rd, 4th, 5th September 2021.

Get Tickets HERE.

Flower Power Cruise 5th Anniversary

Join John Lodge of the Moody Blues on the Grooviest Trip at Sea! Fans will enjoy over 50 LIVE performances by  John Lodge of the Moody Blues, The Hollies, The Zombies, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Procol Harum, The Guess Who, The Yardbirds, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former Lead Singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders), The Family Stone, Cruise Host Peter Asher, Canned Heat, The Cowsills, The Box Tops, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The Outsiders, The Music of Cream, Kiss the Sky The Re-Experience: World’s Greatest Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Magic Bus Band, Lisa Polizzi’s Janis Joplin Experience, and many more!

You’ll sail on the newly renovated Celebrity Summit from Miami to the beautiful ports of Puerto Plata, San Juan and Labadee while grooving to the hits of your favorite artists of the Love Generation. Get up close and personal with these stars as you enjoy over 25 celebrity interactive events including artist Q&As, panel discussions, wine tasting, trivia and more!

Enjoy this special package, just for John Lodge of the Moody Blues fans:

  • Special insider rate when you use promo code JOHNLODGEFAN.



“The song is basically about what I was feeling at the time and how I reacted to the pandemic and the isolation and wondering what I was going to do. The opening lyric talks about me sitting there in isolation but I am not just thinking about myself, because in the second line I am saying we’re all in this situation. So, let’s make something of it, let’s be creative, let’s all try and do something in our own little worlds. And you can share it with the world, or just do it for yourself: what you can share is something within yourself, you can make something special for yourself,” said John Lodge

All Things Considered Off The Road With John Lodge

Today All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence continues our Off the Road series of interviews with musicians sharing how the pandemic and other crises have touched them...with The Moody Blues.

The Moody Blues’ original bassist and vocalist John Lodge has been with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members from the beginning in the 1960s. But he’s got an unusual story relating to the coronavirus. The British musician was in Florida visiting his family when the pandemic travel ban trapped him in the United States. He put his time to good use, though, writing and recording a new song, In These Crazy Times (The Isolation Mix). He even roped in family members and a member of the band Yes to help out, as he explains in our interview.

John explained how it all happened, and shared details of his daily routine there, plus gave an update on what his Moody Blues bandmates are up to.


Hear the new song, In These Crazy Times (The Isolation Mix):

Hear the complete new interview:

Hear all the interviews in the Off the Road series.

THIS INTERVIEW is Special: John Lodge answers our “2020 Twenty Questions” Questionnaire

It is an honor to be in the presence of award-winning music legend John Lodge. His wisdom, skill and achievements are inspiring. A hit-making singer, songwriter, guitarist and bassist, John made an impact around the world with iconic band The Moody Blues. Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, he and his mates have sold more than 70 million albums.

Recently, John released an inspired new single titled “In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix)” which he created using GarageBand. He took time out his busy schedule to answer our “2020 Twenty Questions” questionnaire! We hope THIS INTERVIEW entertains and inspires you.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy are you to be alive?

11, like the Surreal Volume on a guitar amp!

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

A car designer.

What was your favorite cartoon?

Mighty Mouse.

Tell us your favorite song as a kid, as a teenager, and now as an adult.

Walking in the Rain, Peggy Sue, and Imagine.

What’s an album that means more to you now than it did when you first heard it?

Buddy Holly and the Chirping Crickets.  It introduced me to other artists and songwriters.

What are your 3 favorite movies?

Kelly’s Heroes, Raging Bull, and Con Air.

What’s the last film that made you cry or almost cry, and what scene did it?

E.T, too close for comfort; being on those early U.S. tours and not being able to phone home!

What’s your all-time favorite TV show?

“Oh Boy!”, a rock show.

Which character on that show do you identify with most?

All of the artists appearing on the show.

What makes you laugh out loud or smile uncontrollably every time you see it or hear it?

Fawlty Towers!


Moody Blues’ John Lodge Releases Family-Driven Single ‘In These Crazy Times’

No studio. No backup singers. No problem—at least not for long if you are bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter John Lodge. Lodge’s new single “In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix)” was written and recorded during his Florida-based pandemic-related isolation with wife Kirsten. The track channels the power of Lodge’s longstanding songwriting success with the Moody Blues (“Ride My SeeSaw,” “I’m Just A Singer,” “Isn’t Life Strange?”), but the backstory channels his determination to keep making music during a new normal without a studio or recording colleagues. From GarageBand tutorials and recruitment of family members to remote recording and mixing, Lodge found himself deep in the details. And it worked.

“In These Crazy Times” was recorded in Lodge’s new makeshift studio. “I built a little sound booth in the cupboard…and we recorded all the vocals standing in the cupboard with the microphone,” explained Lodge.

“We” was Lodge and his wife of 51 years, who despite her great voice and perfect pitch, had to be persuaded to sign on for backing vocals.

"I spent days working out how to make GarageBand work to a point that is acceptable as a recording,” laughed Lodge. “I bought a nice microphone and everything else…And I recorded the song and when I finished it, I listened to it and I thought, 'Well, I like this, but who's going to do the backing vocals?’….it's just my wife and I here. And I thought, 'Well, okay, my wife's going to have to do the backing vocals.'" 

“She recorded it in two takes…when I listened to it, the balance of her voice and mine really worked. And I was really excited.”

But Lodge said we shouldn’t expect to see Kirsten singing backup on the next John Lodge solo tour. The power of persuasion is only so strong.

“She said, "I'm not going on the road." I said, "But you're on the road with me all the while." She said, "I'm not going onstage. No way ever.”

Lodge stuck with the family theme when it came time to get a lead guitar player on board. Son Kristian, a marketing professional, offered up his remote contribution when he got the call from his father. “I said, “Kristian, this is it, you're going to play on your dad's record now.”

"And so I sent him the files and he recorded his part on it and sent it back to me. And when I played it I thought, 'This is fantastic.’ I never knew how good he was. You know, he's always kept it a secret. He just enjoys playing as a hobby. And I was really excited.”

With daughter Emily managing the production and his daughter-in-law Inga armed with a long lens camera for a social distancing photoshoot, Lodge also added a few friends. Yes band member Jon Davison, who Lodge worked with during the band’s Royal Affair tour last year, joined Lodge virtually on vocals. Sound engineer Ray Nesbit entered the equation last, mixing remotely from his studio. “He mixed it, sent it back to me, we made changes and then suddenly I've got a record.”

Watch Lodge share some of the story behind “In These Crazy Times.”

Did Lodge really have zero GarageBand skills prior to “In These Crazy Times”?

"None whatsoever really. I'm not an IT guy at all. I don't like recording. I like writing a song. I like someone else to record it for me,” said Lodge who now has the tools to move on to other isolation-based songs if he chooses.

He recalls being in a studio lockdown of sorts back in 1967 when the Moody Blues were recording ‘Days of Future Passed’ and had 24/7 recording studio access. Then it was all about eliminating distractions and disruptions, and of course it was by choice. The groundbreaking concept album would rock the Billboard album charts for years and become an important milestone in the band’s influential music journey.

"You really need that as a creative person, I think. You need to have that space. And I don't mean space, in the physical terms, but it's this mental space where no one's interrupting new trains of thought. It's really important that you can open up. And then when your mind opens up, then I think you discover things. You either discover a lyric, or discover a melody, or you could discover anything really,” said Lodge. The same kind of space opened for the new single, but this time he wasn’t writing with a project in mind.

“When I was here, you know in the lockdown situation, I never ever thought about anyone actually hearing the song, it was something I felt I needed to do,” explained Lodge. Now with the track released, he’s hopeful that others will find the inspiration within it, but it is the family factor he holds close. That’s something that the Moody Blues large multi-generational fanbase will likely appreciate.

"I think this song 'In These Crazy Times' and having my whole family involved is something that will go down in history in my family. You know, hopefully everyone else out there can associate and you know relate to the song, but from my family's point of view, and when my grandson grows up…he can look back on this period of time and he'll know the songs that I've written and recorded with his family.”

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