LucasfilmThe seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters this week, causing an interstellar wave of excitement and anticipation to swell amongst lovers of sci-fi and adventure films around the world. A number of well-known music artists also are looking forward to the new movie, which sees the return of many of original Star Wars cast members, as well as a variety of new faces.

Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells ABC Radio that he loved the first two Star Wars movies, but admits that the franchise “kind of lost me after a little while.”

He explains, “I went on to other things, but I was a huge, huge fan of the original, of course.” As for The Force Awakens, Micky notes, “We just had a massive premiere here in Los Angeles, in Hollywood, a couple of nights ago, and…I’m looking forward to seeing this one.”

Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson says he and his old band mates were such big fans of the original Star Wars movie that they jokingly began identifying with different characters from the flick.

“The joke in the Yes band was that [late bassist] Chris Squire was Darth Vader and I was Obi Wan Kenobi,” Anderson tells ABC Radio.

The singer also recalls that Yes’ members were treated to a special midnight screening of the first movie back in 1977 at a Pennsylvania theater while they were rehearsing for a U.S. tour.

“It had just come out that week, and from that moment on I was captured by the Force,” he says. “May the Force be with you.”

As for the new film, Anderson says he’s confident director J.J. Abrams, who’s taken the franchise over from creator George Lucas, will do an excellent job.

“Abrams is damn good so we’ll see what he comes up with,” Jon declares. “I’m sure it’s gonna be wonderful.”

ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons says, in his own uniquely convoluted way, that he’s also is expecting the latest Star Wars film to satisfy fans.

“It’s no secret that the initial release of Star Wars created a wave of fans that has yet to be seen anywhere else,” notes the Texas rocker. “And the anticipation of this new one I’m sure will put pressure on seeing to the development in a way that fulfills the expectations. It is gonna be fine.”

Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward, meanwhile, says he’s very interested in the new Star Wars, pointing out that the original movie “changed…cinema and it was such a huge event for the way people thought about movies and the whole movie-going experience.”

Hayward adds, “I hope for their sakes that [the new Star Wars is] really done well, but not turned into too much of a commercial kind of venture. It’s obviously going to be huge and I can see that it’s already impacting in terms of merchandise and things like that.”

Stars War: Episode VII The Force Awakens opens in theaters across the U.S. on Friday, December 18.

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