The Moody Blues formed in mid-'60s Britain and, like many of their contemporaries, played around with sounds--from American blues-influenced tunes to brightly-tinged pop to rougher-edged rock--before finally settling on a remarkably unique psychedelic sound, using symphonic instrumentation in their recordings. Over the years, they have mostly played their songs in concert using a more traditional rock line-up, sacrificing some of their original vision. Now, you can hear their songs as they were meant to be heard, accompanied by The Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The full orchestra will add just the right flourish to tunes such as "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon," extracting enough of their true nature to please even longtime fans. I can't say what else they might be playing, since those are the only Moody Blues songs that I can think of. Yes, despite their ambitious beginnings, the band spent most of their career stagnating and resting on their laurels. Oh, well, maybe this performance will freshen the old geezers up a bit. Check out the Moody Blues with the DSO 8 p.m. Thursday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street. Visit dallassymphony.com for more information.
Wed., Sept. 2, 8 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 3, 8 p.m., 2009