Courtesy of On the BlueThe Moody Blues set sail from Miami on the third edition of their fan cruise today, February 26. The veteran British rockers and a variety of other well-known music acts will perform for fans while traveling to Key West, Florida, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, before returning to port on March 1.

Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge tells ABC Radio that the cruise “is always great fun,” although he admits that he initially wasn’t interested when the idea of doing one was first proposed.

“When we were asked to do these many years ago, and I said, ‘No,'” he says. “I wasn’t too sure if it was the right thing, but having done the first one we really enjoyed it.”

Lodge describes the cruise as “a mini festival,” with the various artists “all there for one thing…sharing in music, [which was] what the original festivals were all about.”

The 70-year-old musician tells ABC Radio that he loves the fact that “wherever you go on the boat” there’s music being performed. “[It’s] pretty magic,” he says.

The other acts joining The Moody Blues on the cruise include The Zombies, ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, Christopher Cross, founding Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, John Waite, Vanilla Fudge, The Ides of March, Rare Earth, Ambrosia, Renaissance, The Strawbs, former Bad Company singer Brian Howe and The Orchestra, a group featuring ex-members of Electric Light Orchestra.

Besides performing with The Moody Blues a few times over the course of the five-day trip, Lodge says he also will be hosting an afternoon tasting event of his own Krisemma wines, during which he’ll treat fans to a solo performance that will feature some songs from his 2015 album, 10,000 Light Years Ago.

In addition, John says he enjoys taking part in the Q&A session he and his band mates do during the cruise.

“It’s always interesting to find out what the fans want to ask you,” he points out, “and what they really would like to know about or what they’d like us to do in the future.”

Speaking about the future, on March 3 — two days after the cruise ends — The Moody Blues will kick off a new U.S. trek dubbed the Fly Me High Tour in Hollywood, Florida. The spring outing, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lodge and singer/guitarist Justin Hayward joining the band, is mapped out through an April 2 concert in Biloxi, Mississippi.

For more information about the Moody Blues Cruise III, visit MoodiesCruise.com.

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