Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues launch a new North American tour tonight in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 29-date trek has been dubbed the “Timeless Flight — The Polydor Years” tour in honor of the band’s recently released box set The Polydor Years 1986-1992, and is expected to feature the British rockers playing a lot of material from that period of their career.

Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward looks back fondly on that era, which saw the band experience a resurgence in popularity thanks to some MTV exposure and hits like “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.”

“They certainly were great days,” Hayward tells ABC Radio. “And, really, if I…had to choose one decade of music that I could only listen to, I think it would be the Eighties. People assume it would be the Sixties but I think, for me, it would be the Eighties.”

The 68-year-old singer-guitarist also admits that he was able to savor the band’s success more during the 1980s than when the group had its initial taste of fame in the late Sixties.

“It was a wonderful time for us…as a band and for me personally, to have success in my early forties, when I’d kind of missed it the first time around,” he explains. “I was so kind of ambitious and very stoned and I wasn’t really kind of paying attention. [I was] in the studio all the time, writing all the time [and] not touring very much.”

The Polydor Years collection, which was released this past November, features six CDs and two DVDs, and includes expanded versions of three Moody Blues studio albums — 1986’s The Other Side of Life, 1988’s Sur la Mer and 1991’s Keys to the Kingdom. The compilation also features previously released and unreleased live performances, as well as the 1993 concert film A Night at Red Rocks — with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and a documentary about that show.

In spite of the success of some of the band’s singles at the time, Justin says he considers the Polydor era “an interesting period that’s often kind of overlooked in the Moodies history,” and so he’s “really glad” that the box set was put together.

Among the interesting rarities Hayward points out that are included in the collection is a Spanish-language version of “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.”

The stateside leg of The Moody Blues’ Timeless Flight — The Polydor Years tour is scheduled through a May 10 concert in Morrison, Colorado, appropriately enough at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band also has a U.K. trek lined up for June.

Here are all of dates on The Moody Blues’ North American tour:

3/19 — Worcester, MA, Hanover Theatre
3/20 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
3/21 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
3/22 — Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
3/24 — Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
3/25 — Rochester, NY, Rochester Auditorium Theatre
3/27 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
3/28 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
3/29 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
4/1 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
4/2 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
4/3 — Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
4/4 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City
4/6 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall
4/7 — Akron, OH, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
4/8 — Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre – Columbus, OH
4/9 — Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre
4/22 — Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/24 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/26 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
4/28 — San Jose, CA, City National Civic
4/29 — Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
5/1 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
5/2 — Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort & Casino
5/3 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
5/5 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
5/6 — San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts
5/8 — Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
5/9 — Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino
5/10 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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