Justin Hayward live review - St David's Hall, Cardiff
Venue: St David's Hall, Cardiff
The Moody Blues Justin Hayward goes solo in Wales
Late in his set, in this most civilised venue on this early autumn Sunday, Justin Hayward inadvertently causes a ruckus. After a rafter-rattling take on the Moody Blues Question he flicks his plectrum out into the crowd. The two eager middle-aged men who’ve been given almost every single song a standing ovation both launch themselves at the now-hallowed piece of plastic, and neither’s giving up their claim. This could’ve turned ugly, but, ever the professional and with a placating smile on his ageless face, Hayward simply places another pick between the contenders. Decorum is restored. “Well,” he quips to the hundreds-strong crowd, “that’s tonight’s profits gone!” And with that he strikes up the impeccable closer, Nights In White Satin, of course.
In this simple setting, what becomes apparent is the elegance and romance of his songwriting.