Eligible for nomination since 1989, the Moodies were elected on their first nomination.
As bassist John Lodge points out, they got an assist from their fans, who propelled them to number-two on the Fan Ballot, behind Bon Jovi.
"It's amazing, you know. The fans did this. The love they have shown The Moody Blues, the support they've had for The Moody Blues, to me, the realization of it is -- the fans have become the heart of The Moody Blues. You know, we're just players in The Moody Blues of our music. But the fans are the heart. You can't ever have dreamt this. It was not a dream you could dream of. That's all I can say."
After talking to us, Lodge planned to phone drummer Graeme Edge and former bandmates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder. He had already spoken to singer and guitarist Justin Hayward when we reached him.
"It was just about the fans and the enormity, and also, I think the recognition from American radio has been unbelievably supportive of The Moody Blues from day one in 1967. That's what Jus and I were talking about, you know, the depth of the people who sort of been championing The Moody Blues to come into the Hall of Fame has just been amazing."
Justin shared his thoughts about the honor with us, saying, "I’m extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first for creating the supreme temple to all that has brought endless joy into my life since I was a small boy, and now, after all these years, for including us. It’s a privilege to be celebrated in the same building, on the same street even, as my own heroes -- Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers -- and now, at last, with us, my heroine Nina Simone. But all the thanks must go to The Moody Blues fans for giving us a wonderful, wonderful life in music - our induction has now validated the music they so love, and I’m so, so pleased, for us all. Yippee!"
Graeme Edge, who lives in Florida, says, “I want to thank all of my peers who bestowed the honor of voting us in. Most of all, I’d like to thank all of our fans who have supported us over the years, and have steadfastly stood by us. I would also like to thank the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame foundation for putting a cap on my career; one that continues to astonish me with its gifts." When we spoke to him a few weeks ago, he said he hoped the first incarnation of the band, which included Denny Laine and the late Clint Warwick, would also be recognized.
Graeme Edge feels Denny Laine from the original Moody Blues should also be inducted.
Mike Pinder told us, “Our fans have wanted our induction into the RNRHOF for many years and I am very happy for our devoted fans. The fans have always been my Hall of Fame. I look at the world today and can only think that music is needed more than ever. I hope that artists keep sharing their story and trying to make sense of the human race by making music that helps people navigate through life.”
The Moodies will be inducted along with Dire Straits, The Cars, Bon Jovi, and the late Nina Simone and the late gospel rocker Sister Rosetta Tharpe on April 14th in Cleveland, home to the Rock Hall and Museum.
Source: RockHall.com and Premiere photo credits - Getty images and iHR archive