This past Wednesday, the Moody Blues were named one of six bands and artists who would be joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Induction Class of 2018. Eligible for induction since 1989, this year's nomination was the band's first time on the ballot. When it was announced that the Blues were in, it answered the prayers of their worldwide fan base who would ask with every years class announcement, "What about The Moody Blues?"
Channel 3's Monica Robins caught up with The Moody Blues singer and bass player John Lodge via Skype to get his reaction on the news. In the interview you'll hear how much going into the hall means to him, how he feels about his fans, a historic moment for the band that happened here in Cleveland and what's next for the Moody Blues.
ABOUT THE MOODY BLUES
Previous induction nominations: Never
Year first eligible: 1989 (1990 ceremony)
Members included: Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder
Formed in 1964 by Ray Thomas, Mike Pindar, and Graeme Edge the Moody Blues quickly rose to fame as a rhythm and blues based rock band, and within the year they had scored their first hit single in the UK, “Go Now.” What happened next is one of the all-time great transformations in rock and roll history.
After the addition of John Lodge and Justin Hayward in 1966, the band worked with producer Tony Clarke to record the landmark concept album Days Of Future Passed. The record mixed symphonic orchestrations with a psychedelic rock band singing soaring melodies, spawned the hit single “Nights In White Satin,” and is considered one of the very first progressive rock albums. This new sound influenced an entire generation of musicians including Yes and Genesis.
Throughout the adventurous explorations of the next nine albums the Moody Blues produced numerous hit songs that became staples of FM radio. In 1986, the Moody Blues teamed with veteran producer Tony Visconti to record The Other Side Of Life, and their innovative use of synthesizer timbres and textures opened up an entirely new sonic palate to explore. The album yielded the top ten hit “Your Wildest Dreams,” and the band suddenly had an entirely new teenage fan base watching them on MTV.
In 2013, a Rolling Stone magazine reader poll listed the Moody Blues as one of the top 10 bands that need to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. So, whether you are a fan of progressive rock Moodies from the 1960s, the band’s synthesizer driven rock sounds of the 1980s, or have recently seen them playing for multiple generations of rock and roll fans, one thing is clear – the Moody Blues have created more than 50 years of exhilarating and significant music that has influenced countless musicians and rocked fans around the world
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will return to Cleveland's Public Hall on April 14, 2018. Follow WKYC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on ticket sales and the surprise guests that will be announced as the ceremony approaches.