The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, the Cars and Nina Simone will all join the class of 2018. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given an Early Influence award. The induction will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 14, 2018. An edited version will air later on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Radiohead was the only act on this year's ballot in their first year of eligibility, but they didn't make it in. Bon Jovi is the only act in the class to have started after the 1970s.
I am actually surprised that the Moody Blues took this long to be invited into the Hall of Fame.
I'm not talking about the "pop" Moody Blues, but the "progressive rock" Moody Blues.
Question of Balance was the last progressive Moody Blues Album, the last one with something to say and worth listen to.
Some fans say that the Moody Blues peaked with "To Our Children's Children's ..." I would not disagree.
My preference is with the dream sequence of On The Threshold Of A Dream, i.e., side two of the album, the songs after Lazy Day --- Are You Sitting Comfortably and afterward to the end of the album side.
They don't write poetry like that anymore... :)
The R&R HOF is meaningless, except that it gets people talking about music. Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta, though -- that's pretty cool.
This year's ballot suggests that the Rock Hall is really reaching to induct someone. Jethro Tull? Judas Priest? WTF?!? Other than Link Wray (inventor of the 'Power Chord') and Warren Zevon, Carole King seems to be the only worthy person on the ballot. Oh well, maybe next year...
Denny Laine should be going in with Moody Blues. Sadly, he is not.
Speaking of Denny Laine, when will "Wings" get their due?
She has her own thread... there's a link to her story which is a fascinating BBC bio. I really didn't know anything about her, but she was a big time star, sometimes gay, and her guitar style was emulated by the likes of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Elvis.
The people and bands inducted were the same people and bands I predicted would be inducted on the DR thread a couple of months back when the nominees were announced. Give the blind squirrel an acorn!
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