JUSTIN Hayward has rescheduled a Wirral gig he was forced to postpone earlier this year.

The Moody Blues singer, 77, was supposed to be appearing at New Brighton Floral Pavilion in March as part of his Blue World Tour.

But the star had to cancel the show at the last minute after suffering an issue with his vocal chords. 

Hayward will now return to the venue on October 14 2024 with all original tickets still valid. 

He said: “It’s always a privilege and a joy to be invited to play in the UK. I enjoyed the dates in March so much that I couldn’t wait to organise a return.

"I'm rediscovering songs I have written and sung over the years - some that I only lived with for a few days while they were being recorded.

"Now, I have a chance to experience the feelings that they gave me then, every night on stage, as well as including in our set the favourites that have been milestones on my musical journey. I'm joined by the ‘guitar genius’ that is Mike Dawes, along with Julie Ragins and Karmen Gould, two of the brightest talents in music”.

Hayward has enjoyed a career which is now in its fifth decade. He is best known as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the iconic Moody Blues, whose hits include the masterful Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Voice and the US top 40 hits I Know You’re Out there Somewhere and In Your Wildest Dreams: plus other classic, era and genre-defining hits. These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of the Moody Blues – as well as Hayward’s solo work – which continues to this day.

Already established as a songwriter, he joined the Moody Blues in 1966. Hitting his stride immediately with Fly Me High, he followed it with Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon from the seminal album Days of Future Past. The Moody Blues sold 70m albums worldwide, which includes 18 platinum and gold LPs. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Hayward created several solo albums such as Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and Classic Blue with long time friend Mike Batt, and The View From the Hill. He hit the Top Ten globally in 1978 with Forever Autumn – created for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album. Hayward took to the stage and starred in its spectacular live production. His Spirits Of The Western Sky (2013) was followed by DVD Spirits…Live, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Video chart. All The Way followed - a compilation of solo work and live performances.

In 2020, he took to YouTube for the ‘Tuesday Afternoon Video Series’ where he performed and discussed many of his key tracks: this led to the digital album Tuesday Afternoons: The Audio Files. Justin continues to record new music; in 2021 releasing One Summer Day and My Juliette, and Living For Love in 2022.

Tickets are available from floralpavilion.com