The Moody Blues haven't entered the 50th anniversary realm just yet, but one of Britain's first progressive rock groups is still going strong 48 years after it started.
That includes a spring tour that brings the group back to the Plaza Theatre at 8 p.m. March 9.
They last played there on March 18, 2008, which, by the way, was the first concert I reviewed for the Times after moving back to El Paso that January.
Tickets are $55 and $85, plus service charges. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800.745.3000.
The band also will offer two of five VIP packages they're selling along the tour.
The two they'll offer in El Paso are the merchandise package, which includes a ticket, souvenir merch and more, for $159 and the backstage/onstage tour, which includes a ticket and preshow tours (but not a meeting with the band) for $299.
The packages go on sale along with presales at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 through Ticketmaster.
The band, best known for the classics "Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon" and a string of concept albums in the '70s (including "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"), has one member left from its original 1964 lineup, drummer Graeme Edge.
That version disbanded, with a new incarnation regrouping in 1966 with singer-guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge.
Thanks to reader Robert Arriaga for tipping me about the show.
In other concert news:
• That Dec. 22 DJ set by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner has been moved from Club 101 to The Network, 317 E. Mills.
No explanation was given for the move.
The Dozal Brothers will open.
Tickets are $10 at Ticketbully, which still has Club 101 listed as the venue.
• Another show has moved. A Dec. 17 show by German DJ Boys Noize has moved from Buchanan's Event Center to Tricky Falls.
No explanation for that move was given, either. Hope Buchanan's hasn't closed.
Those tickets are $21 at Happy House, the Headstand and eventbrite.com.
Presumably, any tickets purchased for the old location will be honored at the new one.
• EDM vet Chris Cox will headline El Paso Sun City Pride's Winter Solstice Party at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Tricky Falls.
Sonique also will perform.
No ticket info has been announced yet.
Also, Atlanta rapper Lil Scrappy ("Money in the Bank," "No Problem") will headline a New Year's Eve show at the club.
No ticket info yet on that either.
• Speaking of hip-hop, the December La Parada's First Fridays music and art event will feature underground rappers Abstract Rude at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas.
There will be two stages, with Abstract Rude's "Dear Abbey" tourmates the Kleenerz featuring Self-Jupiter, B. Squid, Joaquin Daniels and DJ Zole on one, locals Rob Bass and System A on the other, with more, including a DJ set by the D.A., in the lounge.
Cover is $5.