MOODY Blues star Justin Hayward has apologised to fans after he was forced to pull out of a show at New Brighton's Floral Pavilion last night (Monday, March 25). 

The singer, 77, was supposed to be appearing at the Wirral venue as part of his Blue World Tour.

But with crowd members having already arrived at the theatre, Hayward was forced to pull the concert at the last minute due to an issue with his voice.

In statement, Hayward, said: "I’m so sorry, but for the first time ever (for me personally) I could not do the gig.

"I opened my mouth to sing at sound check and the voice just didn’t come out. Very strange, and disturbing.

"I’m told it is inflammation on the vocal chords. I apologise sincerely to everyone that has bought tickets to be here - me without my voice doesn’t add up to much. All things must pass I’ll be back of course."

Hayward was the guitarist and frontman of the Moody Blues from 1966 until that group's dissolution in 2018. 

He also enjoyed a successful solo career with hits including Blue Guitar and Forever Autumn. 

A spokesperson for the Floral Pavilion said: "Justin Hayward unfortunately had to cancel the performance due to illness.

"We have contacted all bookers by email this morning (Tuesday, March 26) and for any without an email address we are working through phoning them at present.

"We are in talks with the promoter to look at an alternative date so we will be in touch with all bookers again within three-five working days with information on how to move their booking to the new date or request a full refund.

"We understand that this is disappointing and thank all bookers for their patience and understanding."