Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues on the Rock Hall: ‘It’s not important to me’



justinhaywardMoody Blues fans are still hoping for the band will someday get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but for frontman/guitarist Justin Hayward, the honor doesn’t seem to be a big deal.

“It’s not important to me,” Hayward told Billboard last week. “I’m a committed European. I live in Europe, and there’s not a great respect for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, really; if it’s ever mentioned, which is rarely ever, it’s more like, ‘Why should they HAVE a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?’ So it doesn’t impact my life at all.”

The Moody Blues were passed over this year and are thought of by some as one of the Rock Hall’s bigger snubs. Even though Hayward may not care too much about the honor, he admits it would be nice for the fans — if the band’s window of opportunity hasn’t passed.

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“It’s very important for Moody Blues fans here in America, especially,” Hayward said. “I think it would be really difficult for the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to include us now, because there’s been so much pressure from fans. I’m not saying that hasn’t helped — but maybe I AM saying that hasn’t helped. I just can’t see it, to be quite honest. I think it’s too late now.”

Click here to see more from Hayward at Billboard.

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