The Moody Blues’ classic lineup (Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)On Saturday, April 14, The Moody Blues finally will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, after being eligible for the honor since 1989. Founding Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge tells ABC Radio that he actually has “mixed feelings” about the induction because it took so long for the band to be chosen for the honor.

“I think ‘finally’ is the word there,” says Edge. “I’ve been 25 years saying, ‘Well, it don’t matter to me,’ you know, every time we weren’t inducted. And so, it’s a bit disingenuous to be too thrilled at the moment, but I must admit I am more thrilled than I thought I was gonna be.”

It was just announced that Heart‘s Ann Wilson will welcome The Moody Blues to the podium at the ceremony. Edge admits that the band members had no input in choosing Wilson, but notes that the singer, a Rock Hall inductee herself, “wrote a charming letter to the organizers saying she was a big fan of The Moody Blues and wanted to introduce us.”

Sadly, founding Moodies flutist/singer Ray Thomas died in January at age 76 just a few weeks after the group’s induction was announced. Edge says of Ray’s passing, “That is such a shame…but he’d been ill for a long time. But at least we all got to speak to him because of that announcement.”

The specific Moody Blues who will be inducted into the Rock Hall are Edge, his current band mates Justin Hayward and John Lodge, the late Thomas, and founding singer Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder. While Laine and Pinder are expected to attend the ceremony, they likely won’t perform with the group.

The 2018 Rock Hall ceremony will be takes place at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium.

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