The Next Generation of Musicians

It’s always great to play with young musicians who can create magic wherever they go through their performance. I’m very lucky to have Julie Ragins and Mike Dawes with me – they give everything on stage and love playing the songs as much I do. They know what the songs mean to the many people […]

Top 3 Greatest Albums

I was recently asked what albums I consider to be the top 3 greatest. My answers are below. Buddy Holly Story Vol. 2             Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band             A Hard Days Night  

Justin Speaks about his Musical Heritage

My dear grandfather (my fathers father) left me a sparkling collection of records – hits from the 1930’s and 40’s – and his wind up gramophone when I was around five years old. That opened a world of imagination for me. He also had a piano in his small front room and when I was […]

Justin Hayward’s Favorite Studios

On lovely warm day in 1992 my friend Mickey Feat and I drove along the Mediterranean coast road into Italy, on past Genoa to a delightful small seaside village called Recco. We wound our way down the hill from the road, crossed the railway line, slowly negotiated the delightfully rough and pretty lane and swung […]

Justin Hayward on Singing

I think most of us can sing if we want to. I loved the voices I heard when I was growing up – from Buddy, Elvis, The Everly’s, Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin, to Johnny Ray (his was the very first voice that really struck a chord with me), as well as Cliff Richard, […]

Justin’s Favorite Lyricist(s)

I think the Beatles changed all the rules, and John, Paul and George wrote the best lyrics of my generation, probably any generation. They never wasted a word or used a filler just to make up a line. I’m sure there have been many other great lyricists but the Beatles always said it best. They […]

Justin Hayward Talks about the Difference Between Two Types of Performances

Justin Hayward has performed on a multitude of different stages, two of the most memorable have been his performances with The Moody Blues and his time spent on stage for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. Here, he talks about the differences, and similarities, between those two types of performances. War Of The Worlds is very […]

Justin Hayward on Filming at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta

The fact is that we were well down the road into the first ‘Spirits…Live’ tour before it dawned on me that we should actually film a show! And the gig that made sense to tape was the very last gig in Atlanta. The reasons were many, but most importantly the promoter Steve Litman is a […]

Mike Dawes – Boogie Shred

Over the past year, Mike Dawes took a GoPro camera and an iPhone around the world to capture his ‘What Just Happened?’ world tour, and gather footage to accompany his oldest song, Boogie Shred.

Justin Hayward Talks About Legendary Producer Tony Visconti

After the Strawberry Studio South recording studio in Dorking closed in 1983 I was very fortunate to meet Tony Visconti. What a lucky day! I loved recording with Tony at Good Earth studio in Dean Street, Soho, and from the moment I first visited the studio I could feel the vibe of quality and enthusiasm […]