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June, 1983

Album The Present is released worldwide

Album and single releases noted in first "discography issue" of "Higher and Higher" #4, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 4-8

July, 1983

Single Blue World / Going Nowhere is released in U.K.

Single Sitting at the Wheel / Going Nowhere is released in U.S.

September, 1983

Single Sitting at the Wheel / Sorry is released in U.K.

The Present Tour

General Tour Notes:

Opening act Stevie Ray Vaughn, reported by Jim Wehner.

Tour dates and venues reported in "Higher and Higher" #39/40, Winter/Spring 1998-99, p. 39.

Set list from the December 3, 1983 show, which was broadcast live on radio and recorded, reported by Jim Wehner.

September, 1983

Poplar Creek, Hoffman Estates (Chicago), IL

Sitting at the Wheel
Gemini Dream
Tuesday Afternoon
The Voice
Going Nowhere
Steppin' in a Slide Zone
The Story in Your Eyes
Hole in the World
Under My Feet
Painted Smile
Reflective Smile
Veteran Cosmic Rocker
Talking Out of Turn
Running Water
Isn't Life Strange?
Blue World
I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock 'n' Roll Band)
Nights in White Satin
Legend of a Mind
Ride My See-Saw

Tour date and venue according to a ticket reported by Jens Pruess.

October, 1983

Single Blue World / Sorry is released in U.S.

Single release noted in first "discography issue" of "Higher and Higher" #4, Winter/Spring 1985, p. 4-8

October 15, 1983

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (doubtful)

I have listed this show as "doubtful" since the show the next day is in Maine.

October 16, 1983

Portland Civic Center, Portland, ME

Corrected from "venue unknown" by Charles Cross.

October 17, 1983

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT

At this show only, "It's Cold Outside of Your Heart" was part of the set list, and has not been played live since, reported by Jim Wehner.

October 18, 1983

The Centrum, Worcester, MA

Corrected from "venue unknown" by Jim Wehner.

October 19, 1983

The Auditorium, Buffalo, NY

October 20, 1983

October 21, 1983

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

October 22, 1983

Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

October 23, 1983

October 24, 1983

October 25, 1983

Civic Center, Baltimore, MD

October 26, 1983

Civic Center, Pittsburgh, PA

October 27, 1983

October 28, 1983

Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH

October 29, 1983

Chrysler Arena at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Corrected from "Chrysler Center" by John McIntyre.

October 30, 1983

Rockford Metro Center, Rockford, IL

October 31, 1983

Civic Center, St. Paul, MN

November 1, 1983

venue unknown, Cedar Rapids, IA

November 2, 1983

venue unknown, Omaha, NE

November 3, 1983

November 4, 1983

Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX

November 5, 1983

November 6, 1983

Erwin Center, Austin, TX

November 7, 1983

The Summit, Houston, TX

November ??, 1983

venue unknown, Tacoma or Seattle, WA

November 17, 1983

venue unknown, Sacramento, CA

November 18, 1983

Cow Palace, Daly City (San Francisco), CA

November 19, 1983

venue unknown, Reno, NV

November 20, 1983

venue unknown, Boise, ID

November 21, 1983

Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR

Corrected from "venue unknown" by Steve Leslie and Tad Bartel.

November 22, 1983

Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC

November 23, 1983

venue unknown, Spokane, WA

November 24, 1983

Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AB

Tour date and venue reported by John O'Toole.

November 25, 1983

Saddledome, Calgary, AB

November 26, 1983

venue unknown, Casper, WY

Corrected from "venue unknown, Salt Lake City, UT (possibly Casper, WY)" by Steve Leslie. The Moodies were originally scheduled to play Salt Lake City, but changed venues.

November 27, 1983

McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO

According to the Stevie Ray Vaughan FAQ at, Vaughan opened for the Moody Blues in Denver on November 28, 1983 and then played elsewhere on the same night. Reported by Jens Pruess.

November 28, 1983


November 29, 1983

venue unknown, Tucson, AZ

November 30, 1983

Arizona State University Activity Center, Phoenix, AZ

December 1, 1983

Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, CA

December 2, 1983

Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, CA

December 3, 1983

Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, CA

Updated December 5, 2006

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