By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England
Another concert at the Greenwich Odeum means another legendary band. For the third time in 10 days loyal Odeum fans have been rewarded with such greats as The Motels, The Rascals, and the Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward.
Opening for Hayward was Mike Dawes, one of the most unique guitarist you’ll ever see. Dawes, is a young finger-style guitarist from Great Britain. His virtuoso guitar playing adds a unique depth that combines Indie, Celtic and Folk in instrumentals (he does not sing). His unique playing on acoustic guitar transformed Gotye’s pop song “Somebody I Used To Know.”, and his take on Van Halen’s “Jump” was very impressive. It isn’t often we find such an exciting opener but Dawes left the stage to a standing ovation from the sold out crowd.
After a brief intermission, Justin Hayward took center stage and took the crowd for a scenic journey with “The Eastern Sun” from his “Spirits of the Western Sky” album. Next Hayward called Mike Dawes back onstage and joining him was Julie Ragins to provide keyboards and backup vocals. The three were later joined by flautist Karmen Gould as they played some of the Moody’s and Haywards deeper cuts “Driftwood”, “The Actor”, and “Vintage Wine”.
They did manage to slip in a fantastic “Tuesday Afternoon”, and “Hope and Pray”, “The Western Sky”, and ‘Forever Autumn” all received a lot of love from the audience.
Saving the best for last, Justin Hayward ran through series of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Moody Blues hits from 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Starting with “Your Wildest Dreams,” “Question,” and the ultimate “Nights In White Satin,” the sold out crowd were on their feet, singing along (under their masks, of course).
Finally closing with “The Story In Your Eyes” and bring the night full circle with “I Know Your Out There Somewhere.”
Another memorable night, another rock immortal at the Greenwich Odeum!
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