John Lodge, bassman of The Moody Blues

‘In the 60s we were all looking for something,’ says Lodge, who helped transform standard British R & B band The Moody Blues into world-class pioneers of symphonic rock, mixing electric guitars with orchestral sounds. ‘If you did a gig you’d spend hours afterwards meeting people, talking about religion. I grew up through an evangelical church, and the more I talked to people, the more I realised all the things I’d learned at church were relevant – and what everyone was looking for. I was thinking, “Just a moment, I think I’ve got that!” That’s really when I started to find an inner strength. The 60s were a crazy time in rock “n” roll, and you could have really gone to extremes in everything. But I found I had this inner strength that seemed to see me through a lot of things.’