Moody Blues inducted into Rock Hall

The Moody Blues have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Moody Blues have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After a long wait, the Moody Blues have moved into rock's rarest room.

The influential British progressive rock group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, on Saturday night, ushered in by Heart's Ann Wilson, who said the band "took me from childhood to adulthood as a disciple".

The Moody Blues were ahead of their time, cutting edge. Their concept album Days of Future Passed is considered a classic and includes the hit Nights In White Satin.

Grounded in blues, they blended orchestral sounds into standard songs without missing a beat. Wilson reminded the sellout crowd at the Public Auditorium that the band never strayed far from its roots, saying, "the Moody Blues have always been a kick-ass rock band".

Their die-hard fans pushed for years for them to be nominated, citing their influence on bands like Yes, Genesis and Rush - all Hall of Famers.

Justin Hayward, the band's lead vocalist, guitarist and composer, said the band is honoured to be "in the home of our heroes".

Australian Associated Press