TULSA, Oklahoma -- One of the world's most famous rock bands performed in Tulsa on Tuesday night, May 3, 2011.
The Moody Blues -- also known as Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge -- sat down for a brief interview after sound check before their performance at Tulsa's Brady Theater during their Voyage 2011 Precious Cargo tour.
Hayward, the band's lead singer and lead guitarist, said the band is thankful for its success. He said he's never had a "proper job," having left school to immediately become a professional musician. But he said even if he did have a proper job, he'd still find time to play guitar even if it were just at the local pub. "God forbid if I had to have a real job," he joked.
Lodge, the band's bass player, said it's still fun to perform on stage and credits the band's fans for keeping the band going.
The band has an impressive list of hit songs, including "Nights In White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," "Ride My See Saw," "The Story In Your Eyes," "Isn't Life Strange," "Question," "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)," "Your Wildest Dreams," and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere," to name a few.
The Moodies have sold more than 70 million albums in their 40-plus years together. None of the three had any idea the band would be so successful and that they'd still be performing together
Edge said he's thrilled that fans all over the world love the band and will pay hard-earned money to watch the band perform.
All three members acknowledged that the music industry has changed radically over the years, but they're not sure if the internet has done more harm or good for the band.
Lodge said YouTube actually helps the band draw more fans as a tour progresses. He said fans at the first few shows post video clips on YouTube which he believes attracts more fans to subsequent shows.
"You start off very young with a guitar in your hands, or Graeme, drums," said Lodge, "and that's what you do, you play your songs, you play your music and the audience sort of came second."
Hayward said there's no secret to their success. "You just have to do what's in your heart, trust your own judgment, and just see what happens," he said.