Moody Blues at Long Overdue Rock Hall Induction

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Inductees Justin Hayward (L) and John Lodge of The Moody Blues perform at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: Kevin Kane/Getty Images for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; used with permission)

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Moody Blues‘ masterpiece, Days of Future Passed, and the progressive rock band toured a gorgeous production with full orchestra. When December came, so did the news that the group, decades after being eligible, had finally been selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On April 14, at Cleveland’s Public Hall for the Class of 2018 ceremony, band drummer Graeme Edge acknowledged the “sour grapes” he had felt over the group’s longtime snub. But “when it actually became something for all of us to appreciate, I did realize it means the world to me.”

Ann Wilson was the choice to provide the band’s induction speech. “The Moody Blues took me from childhood to adulthood as a disciple,” she said. “The very few boys who took me out on dates in those days were instantaneously upstaged if ‘Nights in White Satin’… came on the car radio.

“When we tripped, we took the Moody Blues along.”

The Moody Blues’ induction–as well as those of the Cars, Nina Simone, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Bon Jovi–will be seen in HBO’s exclusive broadcast of the Class of 2018 ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.

The broadcast includes Wilson’s speech and the Moody Blues’ performances of “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band),” “Nights in White Satin” and “Ride My See-Saw.”

Watch the official trailer of HBO’s broadcast of the Class of 2018 induction ceremony

Following Wilson’s induction speech, Edge joked: “I’m not gonna make a long speech. I’m 77 years old. I haven’t got time. I want to thank Justin [Hayward] and John [Lodge] for putting up with me for 50 years. I want to thank me for putting up with Justin and John for 50 years,” as the audience howled with laughter.

“It was so long that we were eligible and didn’t make it,” Edge continued, “that I got a real sour grapes feeling about it. And when it actually became something for all of us to appreciate, I did realize it means the world to me.”

Then it was John Lodge’s turn. “In 1967, Graeme Edge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Justin Hayward, myself, along with our producer, Tony Clarke, went into the Decca recording studio in London, England, and seven days later, we came out with an album that changed our lives forever, Days of Future Passed. I’d like to thank American radio for supporting us for five decades. Their belief in us has just been tremendous.”

Related: Our Album Rewind of the band’s masterpiece

Watch the band’s acceptance speeches

Following the speeches, the group performed four songs, beginning appropriately with “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band).” It was followed by “Your Wildest Dreams” and “Ride My See Saw.”

Watch “Ride My See Saw”

They finished with a flourish, with a rousing performance of “Nights in White Satin.”

When asked at a press conference about their fans’ support, Justin Hayward said: “It’s validated the music that they love. They’ve given us a wonderful 50 years and mean everything to us. They’ve been so loyal to us over the years. Now we see very young people loving this music as well. We’re here because of them.”

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  1. Da Mick
    #1 Da Mick 16 April, 2018, 07:43

    Not sure why Mike Ponder, who’s songs and sounds were so crucial to the Moody Blues sound was left standing at the podium, and why he couldn’t have been included in the performance. It actually looked like he was moving up to speak at the podium after John Lodge finished, and Lodge body-blocked him and said something to him, as he then backed off, and Justin Hayward went to speak, and that was it. Then, he wasn’t included in the performancrs. They couldn’t do one of his songs? What’s up with that? Though i love them, I was very disappointed in the Moodies, in this moment that we’ve waited so long for.

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