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Ten Things Learned on the Moody Blues Cruise

Music cruises provide a great experience on the high seas, but they can also offer some significant life lessons as well.

Take for example, the Moody Blues Cruise, which jump-started April with a fantastic onboard lineup that included not only the cruise's namesake but also special guest Roger Daltrey, Carl Palmer of ELP, the Zombies, Starship, LIttle River Band, and various other bands of vintage pedigree. Over the course of five fantastic days, certain truths, rumors, and revelations were shared and explored, leaving the participants much wiser.

Here are some of the lessons learned.

See also: Review of the Zombies at Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale, on April 8

10. Youth need not be wasted on the young.

With an average age of 60-plus, this was hardly the sedate sea-going voyage one might have imagined just a few years ago. These fans were reliving their earlier years, grooving to the sounds that provided a soundtrack to their past. As one performer put it, it was inspirational to see even the 70-somethings partying as if they were teenagers.

9. Cover bands can be very entertaining.

Not your average cover band, mind you, but those that boast at least one ongoing member of the original ensemble. Starship's sole claimant to the original legacy was singer Mickey Thomas. The Orchestra, formerly Electric Light Orchestra, boasted violinist Mik Kaminski, and the Little River Band held its pedigree courtesy of singer and bassist Wayne Nelson. So while the claim to legitimacy might otherwise have been challenged, all three acts did a superb job of retracing their respective outfits' original legacy with songs that brought them to the charts even before those current members were involved.

8. No, Jim Hendrix never considered joining ELP.

While the would-be moniker -- HELP (Hendrix, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) would have made for a catching name, drummer Carl Palmer diffused the myth. "It was a rumor conceived by overeager journalists," he insisted.

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Lee Zimmerman

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