''We're not ones for celebrating history, we all think there's always something new around the corner,'' says 67-year-old John who, along with Justin Hayward, joined The Moody Blues in 1966.
''This year we've had a Moody Blues cruise, sailing from Miami to Jamaica to the Cayman Islands then back to Fort Lauderdale,'' explains John. ''If somebody told me three or four years ago there would be another kind of venue and it would be something really special I'd have said you must be joking! But it was just brilliant – 3,000 people on board, a new kind of festival.''
During the five day cruise the Moodies played a couple of concerts and participated in 'Storytellers' sessions in which they related the history of the band. There were also special guests like The Strawbs and Rod Argent to entertain the fans, along with concert screenings.
''We'll obviously be playing the major hits but thinking of the whole show as an album,'' says John. ''We like to take the audience with us on a musical journey, take them up, bring them down, take them back up again, and hopefully when they leave the concert they'll take an emotion away with them that lasts and makes them feel happy.''
The experience can also be replicated by fans at home thanks to a new 17-disc Moody Blues box set, Timeless Flight, released on June 3.