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Moody Blues Singer Justin Hayward Kicks Off Solo US Tour Tonight

Image courtesy of Photo: Marcus Way (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: Marcus Way (via ABC News Radio)

The Moody Blues ' Justin Hayward launches a rare U.S. solo tour tonight in Munhall, Pennsylvania.  The singer/guitarist will be supporting his recently released solo album, Spirits of the Western Sky , on the trek, which is scheduled to run through an August 17 concert in Atlanta.

Other cities Hayward will visit during the 11-date outing include Annapolis, Maryland; Albany, New York; and New York City.  He'll also play a two-night stand, August 14 and 15, in Alexandria, Virginia.  Spirits of the Western Sky , Hayward's first solo studio effort since 1996's The View from the Hill , was recorded in Genoa, Italy, and Nashville.  The album offers many tunes boasting The Moody Blues' classic melodic sound, as well as featuring a handful of tracks that incorporate country and bluegrass influences.

Hayward recently posted online videos of him performing acoustic versions of some new songs and some classic tunes, including "Nights in White Satin."  You can check out the clips now at Eagle Rock Entertainment's official YouTube channel .

Here are all of Justin's upcoming solo tour dates:

8/2 -- Munhall, PA, Music Hall of Homestead
8/3 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/5 -- Wilmington, DE, World Cafe Live
8/6 -- Albany, NY, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts
8/7 -- Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre
8/9 -- Tarrytown, NY, Music Hall Theatre
8/10 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall
8/11 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
8/14 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
8/15 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
8/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre

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