Following the cancellation of our summer 2013 gig, Tim and Steve have decided to put the Blue Onyx project on hold indefinitely and, consequently, there are no plans for any future Blue Onyx concerts.
April 2013 (2)
Blue Onyx NOT Going West!
We will of course keep you posted on any future events.
April 2013 (1)
Blue Onyx go West
After a winter of individual music projects, Blue Onyx are back in the studio preparing for their 2013 concerts! And following the advice to "go west, young man", Blue Onyx have been invited to play at the Tavistock Wharf in deepest Devon on SATURDAY 25th MAY. The Wharf is a real hub of classic rock music with many topnotch artists appearing and we’re delighted to be playing there.
Tickets (£10) may be booked in advance and will cost £12 on the door. As this will be our first West Country concert, we’ll be playing the whole of “In Search of the Lost Chord” as well as many much-loved classic moodies songs from those halcyon days of the ‘60s and ‘70s. So, let your friends / relations / work colleagues know and why not “ride along the winds of time and see where we have been…”
Basingstoke Central Studio gig postponed
Unfortunately, due to technical circumstances beyond our control, the Central Studio venue in Basingstoke has had to postpone our gig this Saturday 22nd September. The box office will be contacting any supporters who'd already bought tickets to refund their money - we hope to be able to re-arrange the gig for some other time before Christmas.
Now, where was I? Oh yes, we were at Ray Thomas' and Mike Pinder's birthday party!
The set we'd played had gone down pretty well. At the end of Simple Game, however, we noticed we were being "heckled" by a couple of gentlemen from a well-known legendary rock band! Now, nothing we'd ever read/seen/done had prepared us for what to do when heckled by rock legends - luckily for us, the "heckles" turned out to be very witty - and supportive - comments from messrs Pinder and Thomas!
There were definite signs of singing reported by those close to Ray and Mike, especially during Legend of a Mind and OM - and we had several partygoers joining in too!
Roger Day, "the thinner spinner" DJ from Radio Kent, enjoyed our set and promised to mention us on his next evening show - Roger was as good as his word and mentioned us , not once, but THREE times - what a star!
Roger runs a weekday evening show which is well worth listening to - I had already heard his interview of Ray Thomas just over a year ago when Ray's solo albums had been re-released and I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere he'd created over the course of the show. I believe the BBC are planning to axe his show this year which would be awful - so do take a look at his website http://www.rogerday.co.uk and join the campaign to save his show!
Bias Boshell, king of the keys with the Moodies for at least 15 years, was also there, making sure we players had everything we needed - as well as finding time to run the bar in the absence of the bartender! Bias was a big help to us both before and during the party and introduced us to Euan, his very good friend and sound man supremo for the evening. Euan was the consummate professional and had us sound checked and up and running in record time - with a little help from his natty iPad - which seemed to do everything he wanted remotely, except make the tea or open a cold one!
If you'd like to see some photographs from the event, please click on the media tab above.
Where to next for Blue Onyx? Well, the "Moon Rock" tour finishes this Autumn @ Central Studio, Basingstoke on Saturday 22nd September - tickets available soon from http://www.centralstudio.co.uk/tickets.html or 01256 418318 so why not come along and hear us recreate the magical sounds of the magnificent Moody Blues?
June was quite a month for Blue Onyx - we began with a terrific gig at the Robin2 in Birmingham (England) and ended it by playing a set of Mike Pinder / Ray Thomas classics - to none other than Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas!!
The Robin2 is a great venue, with plenty of prog rock and classic rock bands playing their each week. So, although it was our first appearance there, we gathered a small but very enthusiastic crowd - who knew the music and by the second half were singing along! For me, singing 'Never Comes the Day' and suddenly realising I was being accompanied by 70+ people right in front of me was an amazing feeling - and from there the audience just carried on!
We hope to return to the birthplace of the Moodies before too long.
And now, to one of the proudest moments of our lives - Ray and Mike's official 70th birthday party. The band gathered with friends and family to share this special event at Ray and Lee Thomas' abode and selected 8 classic Pinder / Thomas songs from the 60s and 70s to play to them - no pressure then!
We opened up with Simple Game and Dear Diary, followed by Lost in a Lost World and And the Tide Rushes In, and ending with Legend of a Mind and OM - but then the partygoers asked for more, so we offered up Twilight Time and Melancholy Man!
The birthday boys seemed to be pleased at what we'd done - family members reported spontaneous outbursts of singing, especially during OM.
I'm sure there's a lot more to say about this fantastic occasion - and photos to be seen as well - but I think that's enough for this week!
Blue Onyx Rocks Henley!
To quote the Sun, “Phew – what a scorcher!”
Not just the weather, but yesterday’s gig at the Kenton theatre in Oxfordshire’s Henley On Thames. Blue Onyx played to a near-packed house and received their first standing ovation – for Melancholy Man!!
The audience, full of Henley’s finest and also passionate Moodies fans, gave Blue Onyx possibly their best ever reception at a gig - a gig that included the entire “To Our Children’s Children’s Children” album – one of the Moody Blues’ classic seven albums.
The charity concert was part of Henley’s Midnight Matinee committee’s drive to raise support for the local Youth Centre and we were very pleased to have been asked to play at such a prestigious occasion.
What next for our intrepid Moody Blues tribute band? A visit to the Moody Blues heartland of the West Midlands of course!
Friday 1st June 8.30pm @ The Robin 2 (WV14 7LJ)
Tickets can be ordered on 01902 401211 (£10)
If you missed us at Henley, don’t miss out this time!
Blue Onyx Devizes Gig details
Our first gig of the 2012 ‘Moon Rock’ tour will be at the Merchant’s Suite - Devizes Corn Exchange on Friday 13th April @ 8pm.
Tickets (£10 each) can be ordered from either
Sidmouth Street, Devizes SN10 1LD
Devizes Light and Sounds
Sidmouth Street, Devizes SN10 1LD
It’s going to be quite an event – the first performance anywhere of the entire ‘To Our Children’s Children’s Children’ album – the multi-million selling record released by the Moody Blues in 1969. It’s an amazing album full of the Moodies’ creative songwriting at its very best.
Aside from all of the usual classic Moody Blues tunes, we’ll also be covering a Ray Thomas song not heard live for over 30 years – come along and find out which one we’re playing!
Happy New Year!
And many happy returns to rock legends Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas who both turned 70 last week "I never thought I'd live to be ........"
Talking of Ray and Mike, have you seen the terrific video made by Lee Thomas on Youtube of the Moodies' song Floating, from To Our Children's Children's Children (TOCCC)? Well worth a watch.
2012 promises to be a momentous year for Blue Onyx - with the launch of our Moon Rock Tour, including a visit to the renowned rock venue Robin 2 in Birmingham in June - culminating in an appearance at a very special birthday party for a couple of veteran cosmic rockers!
We now have six venues lined up for our Moon Rock Tour (with more to come) and the following dates have been confirmed:
13th April - Devizes Corn Exchange
26th May - Kenton Theatre, Henley-on Thames
1st June - The Robin 2, Birmingham
This tour's featured album will be To Our Children's Children's Children (TOCCC), the fourth of the Moodies classic seven and possibly their finest conceptual creation. It is also a fitting tribute to their legendary producer the late Tony Clarke.
Holidays are upon us - school’s out for summer (cue the music!) and the question everybody wants to know the answer to is…. what are Blue Onyx up to?
Well, dear readers, I can exclusively reveal that the band are preparing to take you on a trip, the like of which you’ve never experienced before – a “wonder of a lifetime” in fact.
Is it to the coast? (further) Is it abroad? (further)
Further than abroad?! Yes, dear reader, much, much farther than you’ve ever travelled before!
On the trip we’re planning, you’ll be “gazing past the planets” as we go “higher and higher”. “Floating as free as a bird” you’ll find “there’s no-one here to stop you trying” to enjoy the wonderful weather – after all, the “sun is still shining”. And if you “live to be a hundred” you’ll never tire of this adventure – “cos here there’s lot’s of room for doing the things you’ve always been denied”.
All of which is our way of saying that the plans for Blue Onyx’s upcoming tour are well in hand and that rehearsals continue towards our next set of unique concerts – plenty of Moodies’ classics as per usual and a live performance of the entire multi-million selling album ‘To Our Children’s Children’s Children’
Concert dates and venues to be posted up after the hols or as soon as details are confirmed.
Yours in tranquillity
Blue Onyx – the Royal Connection?
Rumours are currently circulating as to the real reason Prince William and Princess Kate have delayed their honeymoon until later this month – can it be that they are hoping to catch the final concert of the “Fire and Magic” tour with Blue Onyx and Kindred Spirit at the Farnham Maltings on Sunday May 22nd??
Follow the link below for more details
Tickets only £12 (in advance) and £14 on the door
BOX OFFICE: 01252 745444
The Maltings is a terrific venue with bags of ambient charm (see the link above for picture and details) and Blue Onyx are really looking forward to playing such a prestigious theatre.
We’ve enjoyed our “Fire and Magic” tour during this last year with our friends Kindred Spirit and may well do something similar again in the future – however, at present, we hope that this autumn Blue Onyx will to be able to hold a couple of ‘solo’ concerts showcasing a large part (if not all) of the amazing Moody Blues Album ‘To Our Children’s Children’s Children’.
In the meantime, see you at the Maltings!
Blue Onyx Thrill ‘em in Henley!
“The Kenton Theatre and Marlow fm are to be congratulated in presenting this concert last Saturday night at the Kenton Theatre. Paul Mansell introduced them as two of the finest live bands around, both Blue Onyx and Kindred Spirit thrilled a knowledgeable audience.
….. Blue Onyx took the audience on a journey across the musical terrain of the Moodies from the ‘Classic Seven’ album period 1967 to 1972.
With the aim to present as authentic a sound as possible to emulate the vocal variety, harmony and instrumental versatility, they certainly succeeded.
……. To sum up: great sound performed so well and with such passion and integrity.”
Thanks to Mike Judd (Henley Standard) for his review – it certainly was an exciting concert to be a part of! The place was full and the audience certainly showed their appreciation as we played through our specially chosen set – including an airing of “The Word & OM” from the Moodies “Lost Chord” album. The theatre is delightfully small with bags of charm and some of the band managed to speak with some new Blue Onyx supporters after the show – if you were one of them, it was lovely to see you – why not email us at email@example.com to get more details of our next concerts?
In the meantime, Mike Pinder (www.mikepinder.com) has very kindly put our meeting with Ray Thomas on the front of his latest newsletter – we know that Ray told Mike about our concert and especially about our versions of Pinder songs “Simple Game” and “Lost in a Lost World” so we hope Mike likes what he sees/hears on YouTube!
How many drummers does it take to change a Blue Onyx concert?
The answer – 2!
Tim has recently posted up 2 songs from our December Leatherhead concert – Lost in a Lost World and Eternity Road
The eagle eyed among you will spot the different drummers – Sedge (yes, that’s his name!) played on ‘Lost in a Lost World’ and Chaz Wade played on ‘Eternity Road’ – so how come 2 drummers? Well, Sedge very kindly deputised for Chaz for most of the gig as Chaz himself had literally just come out of hospital that very afternoon of the gig after serious surgery!! Obviously, we were delighted (but very surprised) to see him there and, in the spirit of true drummer co-operation, Sedge stepped out of 4 songs to allow Chaz the chance for some immediate post-operative physiotherapy!
We want to thank Sedge for stepping in at such short notice and helping us out of a tight spot!
Meanwhile, with Chaz back and drumming as vigorously as ever (?!), Blue Onyx are now looking forward to the next Fire and Magic concert on Saturday 26th February @ The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames.
see you at the Kenton!
The snow may still be with us, but it melted sufficiently for our “Fire and Magic” concert @ Leatherhead Theatre to go ahead on 4th December with our good friends Kindred Spirit. Many thanks to all of you who came along on that night to hear our tribute to the magnificent music of the Moody Blues.
Some came from close by, others from farther afield – and two fans came from Holland!! We didn’t get to meet them afterwards but the whole band were mightily impressed with such dedication! And if you’re reading this, do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, the talking point was the presence of the legend himself, one Ray Thomas! We’re all still coming down from the excitement of playing for him and his wife Lee – and his many friends who came with him! We were lucky enough to meet with him after the show and spent some time chatting about all things musical, as well as getting a number of photos. Ray’s website www.raythomas.me has some of these in his gallery so why not pop along to this excellent site and see for yourselves?
Ray has even twittered (or tweeted?) about the gig on his twitter account – there’s a link on his website to his tweets.
We also had Norda Mullen, current touring flautist with the Moodies, in the audience (so quite a bit of pressure on our own Susie!) and she evidently enjoyed the gig too so hopefully we’re doing something right.
Waiting for me at home that night, however, was an email from a friend and former band mate of Ray’s wishing us well for the concert – a certain John Lodge no less!!
So what next I hear you ask? Simple – we’re already booked to play our next Fire & Magic concert @ the Kenton Theatre in Henley on Thames on Saturday 26th February 2011. http://www.kentontheatre.co.uk/what's-on/fire--magic.aspx
Book your tickets now – it’s a lovely theatre seating around 250 people. As ever, Blue Onyx will be adding one or two (or more) rarely performed Moodies songs to the set we do that day so you’ll have to come along to see & hear them performed live, won’t you?
Merry Christmas and a Moody new year
Only 3 days to go to our Fire and Magic concert @ Leatherhead theatre in Surrey (WWW.THE-THEATRE.ORG) and now the weather is trying to get in on the act! All we in Blue Onyx can say is”…hold onto warm September, ‘cos life can be like December Snow…”
Never mind the cold weather, we have a concert to warm the cockles of your heart – the fire of Kindred Spirit to thaw you out and Blue Onyx’s re-creation of the magical Moodies’ sounds to bring a rosy glow to your cheeks!
The theatre is delightful (and heated!). The Mezz bar above and the café below will provide you with inner warmth. And if you’re still cold after the concert, Blue Onyx and Kindred Spirit will be there in the Mezz bar to offer you personal heat – and immediate first aid! And we haven’t even mentioned the chance to meet Moodies legendary singer, flautist and founder member Ray Thomas….(oops – ed)
26th September 2010
Blue Onyx meet Ray Thomas
If you look carefully at the pictures above, you’ll notice 2 very happy founding members of Blue Onyx with the one and only legend in all our minds Ray Thomas! Tim and I were delighted to meet with Ray and his wife Lee at Ray’s signing day at threshold records to promote his newly-re-mastered and re-released solo albums “From Mighty Oaks” and “Hopes, Wishes and Dreams” (for more details go visit www.raythomas.me).
Lee very kindly arranged for us to meet with Ray behind the scenes before the event began in earnest. As you can see, Ray signed not only our boxed sets of his albums but also the insert from my own copy of my favourite Moodies Album “To Our Children’s Children’s Children” – a great moment for me personally!
Ray talked to us about how this project has re-awakened the creative urge in him (a new song “The Trouble with Memories” is included in the box set) so, who knows…maybe next year will see a brand new Ray Thomas album?! We hope so! Listening to those albums again in digital quality just reminds me of the great voice we no longer hear at Moodies concerts – so the first thing to do now is to go out and buy his excellent boxed set and then we’ll get to hear more!
Ray’s first words to us were “I’m coming to see you” so the second thing to do is to come along to our “Fire and Magic” tour concert at Leatherhead theatre on Saturday December 4th (WWW.THE-THEATRE.ORG or 01372 365141). Our good friends Kindred Spirit will be firing up the place with their electrifying folk and Blue Onyx will be playing an exciting set featuring no fewer than TEN (yes 10) songs that the Moodies no longer play – it’s going to be a great occasion. Ray Thomas will be there (he’s bought his tickets!)…..Norda Mullen will be there too (she’s bought her tickets!)… I mean, you don’t want to be left out of what is going to be an unforgettable night?
Yours, from cloud nine,
The band is raring to go, and we have a feeling that you'll love our selection of songs. Not only will there be classic numbers but also a chance to hear rarely performed Moody Blues songs run by Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas. Yes, we'll be doing ‘Thinking is the Best Way to Travel’; yes, we'll be doing ‘Eternity Road’; we’ll even be playing..(ed: that’s enough for now!) Anyway, tickets and further details are available from Beckets Inn 42 High Street Glastonbury or Jeremy Debarbara at email@example.com
Now, talking of Ray Thomas… Blue Onyx are delighted to learn that Ray Thomas and his wife Lee (together with some friends) are coming to our Leatherhead theatre gig on Saturday December 4th! (WWW.THE-THEATRE.ORG or 01372 365141) Naturally, the band members were overjoyed at the thought that Ray will be there in person to see and hear our tribute to the magnificent Moody Blues (although it did take us a while to calm down when we first heard the news!).
Again, talking of Ray Thomas… have you heard that Ray will be releasing a special boxed set of his two solo LPs ‘ From Mighty Oaks’ and ‘ Hopes, Wishes and Dreams’. There are more details about this and all that Ray Thomas is up to on his excellent brand new website www.raythomas.me
LiveLounge lived – next stop, Glastonbury!
Blue Onyx had their first outing with their new line-up at BrooklandsFM’s LiveLounge event last week on Bank Holiday Monday at the start of our ‘tour’ with electrifying folk-rockers Kindred Spirit. In spite of the quick set-up time, very small stage and a one minute(!) sound check, people at the event were very complimentary about our performance. Representatives from Leatherhead theatre came along to see how Kindred Spirit and Blue Onyx worked and described it as “great” so I guess we did something right that night! Thanks to those of you who came along – it’s encouraging to see fans of the band returning for more!
So what’s this about Glastonbury? Are we replacing the sorely missed U2? Unfortunately, no – we’ll be playing at Glastonbury Town Hall on Saturday 4th September as we showcase a sizeable chunk of the amazing Moody Blues Album ‘To Our Children’s Children’s Children’, perform the second half of ‘In Search of the Lost Chord’ and play a number of old favourites, including a few masterpieces from former members Pinder and Thomas – venue & ticket details to follow shortly.
Monday, May 31st - 6pm (doors open 5.30pm)
Held in Radio Brookland's FM Live Lounge concert hall (1st floor, Weybridge library, Church St.Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8DE), which holds around 150 people. The whole thing will be broadcast live over the internet and live video streaming via U Stream! The radio presenters will also chat a little to the performers between numbers - so it will be an interesting and unusual concert to watch live! We'll be doing about a dozen classic tracks including Simple Game, Question and of course Nights in White Satin!
Saturday, September 11th
hosted by Marlow FM radio station, they're hoping to launch in September but until then, Marlow FM can be listened to online http://www.marlowfm.co.uk/. - the exact time is still to be finalised. This is an excellent late summer festival venue so well worth a visit.
Saturday, December 4th
Leatherhead theatre - an exciting larger venue (500 seater) that offfers excellent sound and lights that will enable Blue Onyx to showcase some great Moody Blues songs - all the band's best-loved tunes plus one or two tracks that not even the Moodies have played live! Find out more from the web site.
BOX OFFICE: 01372 365141
New Year – New Onyx!
Happy New Year from everyone in Blue Onyx!
2010 promises to be even more exciting for us than 2009. Though we were sorry to lose our drummer Mark (personal commitments), we are delighted to welcome onboard Charlie Wade. Charlie is a stalwart of the swinging sixties and enjoyed chart success with his band ‘The Symbols’ as well as also working with ‘Tinkerbell’s Fairydust’ - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbells_Fairydust – where he teamed up with brother and bass player Ged. And now Blue Onyx are fortunate enough to have them both! We’re already rehearsing and looking forward to the new season and some great concerts!
Breaking News – Blue Onyx and Kindred Spirit to play joint gigs! Following our very successful joint venture at Central Studio Basingstoke, we’re planning a number of concerts throughout Southern England during 2010 with folk-rockers Kindred Spirit.
For those of you who’ve not heard them, Kindred Spirit are an electrifying folk/rock band who deliver amazing instrumental virtuosity and some great original songs. Catch their latest Album ‘Metamorphosis’ on the website www.elainesamuels.co.uk.
So watch this space – more details to come shortly.
Blue Onyx to open Marlow Festival!
Can’t get to Weyfest next Saturday (5th September) to see us? No problem – come along to Marlow Festival where Blue Onyx will be performing the mid-day opening set, including all time Moodies classics such as “Ride My SeeSaw”, “Legend of a Mind” and, of course, “Nights in White Satin”!
Our 40 minute set will also include, not one, but two Mike Pinder compositions – “Melancholy Man” and “So Deep Within You”. So, if you like the Moody Blues, you’ll love the set we’re unleashing upon the public!
See you there
Blue Onyx Bassist in Fairydust up!!
Ged Wade, bass player for Blue Onyx, is currently enjoying a resurgence of interest in his 60s group “Tinderbells Fairydust”, with a three-page spread in the forthcoming Record Collector and the re-release of their 1969 self-titled album. Their song “2010” reached No.2 in the Japanese charts and the band are intricately woven into the history of pop in the 1960s.
Well, the secret’s out – Blue Onyx are booked to play at WeyFest on Saturday 5th September 2009 (http://www.weyfest.co.uk/). It sounds like a great festival to be involved with, what with Jethro Tull headlining the same evening!
We’re very excited to be playing there – we’ll be on the Old Kiln stage along with our good friends Kindred Spirit (www.elainesamuels.co.uk) with whom we shared a memorable night last year at Central Studio Basingstoke. Not sure of all the details yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we have them.
We’re also very pleased with our new DVD which our friend Alex Skidmore has produced for us – should be a good one to show prospective agents. We’ll be posting it up asap so watch this space!