Denny Laine says that not being included in the initial <a href="/music/the-moody-blues">The Moody Blues</a> roster for the <a href="/articles/columns/rock/8070293/2018-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-inductees">Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2018</a> "didn't bother me much." But he's certainly happy that he's been added and will be part of the group's entry into the shrine on April 14 in Cleveland.
"I thought (the rest of the band) deserved it because of the amount of work and the popularity, and I thought that's the way it goes," Laine -- who co-founded the Moodys during 1964 in Birmingham, England, but left after the group's 1965 debut album and the hit "Go Now" -- tells Billboard. "I have to say, I'm a big fan of their stuff. Obviously, I'm very pleased I'm going to be in there. It's an honor. I think I'm at least a little part of their story, so I feel very content, really, that it's all come full circle now."
Laine was added to the induction roster thanks to lobbying by Rock Hall voting committee members, including Little Steven Van Zandt, Peter Asher and Cousin Brucie Morrow. Van Zandt tweeted Dec. 16 that Laine's "inadvertent ommission is being corrected on the Rock Hall website as we speak." And Laine says Asher told him that "he wouldn't even vote for the Moody Blues unless I was in it."