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June 10, 2014
7 p.m. Doors / 8 p.m. Show | $49.50 ADV / $50 Doors | Under 21 OK w/ guardian
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Justin Hayward was born on 14th October 1946 in the house next door to his grandfather’s in Dean Street, Swindon, Wiltshire. He was educated at Shrivenham School, Berkshire, and Commonweal Grammar School, Swindon, where he gained five ‘O’-Level passes.
From the age of 5 he enjoyed singing and inherited his grandfather’s collection of 78s when he was 6, which opened up the magical world of music to him. He had a few piano lessons at 7, learned to play the ukulele at 9 and with help from his parents and hire purchase, Justin had achieved his ambition of owning a guitar by the age of 10.
Whilst still at school, Justin played in youth clubs and in back rooms of pubs around Swindon, starting in the late ’50s with his group The Woodpeckers, then with The Satellites, The Rebels Rock Group, The Off-Beats, The Whispers and All Things Bright.
In 1965 Justin answered an advertisement in “The Melody Maker” and found himself one-third of The Wilde Three with Marty Wilde and his wife Joyce, appearing on stage at the London Palladium in April of that year. He recorded two singles with The Wilde Three – JUST AS LONG/SINCE YOU’VE GONE and I CRIED/WELL WHO’S THAT – before branching out on his own and recording two solo singles in 1965/1966 – LONDON IS BEHIND ME/DAY MUST COME and I CAN’T FACE THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU/I’LL BE HERE TOMORROW. To this day, he credits Marty Wilde as having encouraged him to always write and sing his own material.
Soon after the release of his solo singles, Justin answered another Melody Maker advertisement which led, in the Summer of 1966, to his letter and songs being passed on to Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues by Eric Burdon of The Animals, so beginning a famous and acclaimed 40-year career with the group, which started with the recording of Justin’s FLY ME HIGH as a Moody Blues single which was followed within a year by the release of his song NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN.
In March 1997 Justin was honoured with the ultimate accolade when he was the chosen subject for “This Is Your Life”; an overdue recognition for a lifetime’s work.
In 2001 Justin was given the prestigious Golden Note Award from ASCAP, and in 2002 he recorded “On The Road” as part of Alan Simon’s “Gaia” project (The Charter for Environmental Planetary Urgency) which premiered on stage with Justin, Billy Preston, Jeremy Spencer and Heather Small at Midem in 2003.
In 2004, between Moodies’ tours, Justin again performed as part of the “Gaia” group for “Art On Ice” in Zurich.
In 2006/7 and 8 he has enjoyed great success with his part in “Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds” live stage show in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
As well as being vocalist and lead guitarist for The Moody Blues and pursuing a successful solo career, Justin also enjoys the challenge of working with other artists.
Mike Dawes is hailed as one of the world’s finest young fingerstyle guitarists and performers.
His acclaimed solo music, littered with nuances and micro-techniques, has seen him tour almost every continent on the planet. He has recorded with and sessioned for multiple grammy award-wining artists, appeared on film soundtracks and adverts, as well as achieving viral YouTube hits in the millions. Additionally, Mike currently tours as Justin Hayward’s lead guitar player, performing Moody Blues classics throughout the USA.
‘He’s exceptional, I know you’re going to love him’ – Justin Hayward
”Amazing Guitarist’ – MSN News
Since Mike Dawes released his debut single with Candyrat records in June 2012, his international profile has exploded. The young performers’ virtuoso style, littered with subtle nuances and micro-techniques has earned the 24 year old Brit massive international critical acclaim.