Denny Laine, two-time Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of both The Moody Blues and Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band, Wings, will bring his intimate “Songs & Stories” show to Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers for one night only on Friday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at www.artinlee.org. For more information, call the venue at 239-939-2787.
The 90-minute show features Denny performing solo acoustic versions of songs from his expansive career including his days with The Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Wings and others with an emphasis on classics from the Band On The Run and The Magnificent Moodies albums. A natural storyteller, he also shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes about some of the legendary musicians he has worked with and the places he has been throughout his remarkable career. Plus, he’ll discuss the impact of how key influences such as Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry helped shaped his own music.
In 2018, Denny was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of The Moody Blues who were once touring mates with The Beatles.
After Denny departed The Moody Blues, he formed The Electric String Band, writing the hit “Say You Don’t Mind,” and opened shows for Jimi Hendrix in London. Denny joined the band Balls as well as Ginger Baker’s Air Force, singing lead on the memorable “Man of Constant Sorrow.” Denny has worked with various members of The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream, ELO, The Zombies, The Hollies and many more.
As the only member of Wings, besides Paul & Linda McCartney, to be with the group for its entire run, Denny enjoyed tremendous success throughout the ‘70s. The group became one of the biggest bands of the decade. The incomparable Band on the Run album sold six million copies, reaching #1 in the U.S three different times and was the top selling British album of 1974. The title track was #1 in the UK for seven weeks, and in 1975 won a Grammy Award.
That was followed by another #1 album and more hit singles with the 1976 release of Wings at the Speed of Sound. The top-grossing Wings Over America tour followed which featured Denny performing select solo and Wings numbers including “Go Now” and “Time To Hide.”
The biggest commercial and critical success of Denny’s career would come in 1977 with the hit, “Mull of Kintyre,” which he co-wrote with McCartney. It would reach #1 in the UK’s Guinness Charts of British Hits Singles that year and became the UK’s highest-selling single ever at that time as well as the first UK single to pass two million sales.
Denny remains in demand, touring both his solo and full band shows, and with new music that he currently has in the works. His new “Songs & Stories” show is a unique opportunity to experience the music of one of Rock’s most enduring voices in a way you’ve never heard him before.
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