Justin Hayward at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend - live review
Venue: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
The Moody Blues frontman earns a standing ovation for his solo show
A packed house greets Justin Hayward on the Essex coast tonight. It’s the sort of venue where usherettes sell ice cream in the auditorium between acts, and Justin Hayward is on at an unfashionably early 8.15pm, but while it might not be very rock’n’roll, the sound is crystal clear. Hayward, on acoustic guitar, is joined by Julie Ragins, a touring member of The Moody Blues, on keyboards and backing vocals; and guitarist Mike Dawes, who switches between acoustic and electric.