Moody Blues- Icon 2 best of the ’80s

Moody Blues go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April!!!

Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back on their latest compilation Icon 2 ,  it’s surprising how consistent their musical vision has remained regardless of musical trend or fashion, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward modestly acknowledges that critics either love them or crucify them for it. “At least we’ve been #1 without being outrageous !” Hayward chuckles in this week’s classic rock interview. “It’s  the larger-than-life things that happen in this (entertainment) world, but that’s why we’ve made a point of not following any trend or any fashion, just doing our own music and trusting our own judgment, and doing what we wanted to do. We’ve been under a lot of pressure to compromise. We’ve never given in to that pressure. “

Moody Blues bass player/singer/songwriter John Lodge explained why the band started their own Threshold label way back in 1969. ” Total artistic control. No financial reasons. Actually, having our own record company has cost us a lot of money over the years, but it set  a precedent for exactly what we wanted to do with our music. Everything had to be right. And not just the music, we didn’t want anything to look like it was a sham or a hype.”

Along with original drummer Graeme Edge ( they don’t count Denny Laine & the Diplomats and “Go Now” for obvious reasons ), the Moody Blues continue to tour to full houses, a herculean accomplishment that places the band into historic territory populated by only one other band with as many original members, the Rolling Stones. And now the Moody Blues join them in the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. –Redbeard