PhilCollenheadshot400 Def Leppard and Manraze guitarist Phil Collen says that KISS are fully deserving of their place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but that he insists he couldn’t care less if Def Leppard are ever inducted.

Collen praises KISS – who are currently on a mammoth co-headlining tour with Leppard – but is adamant he wasn’t bothered about following in their bootprints.

He tells Shmonty And Conklin’s radio show: “I think it’s great that KISS got in there. They should be there. They’re an American band 40 years and they’ve been snubbed.For me, I really don’t care, whatever. The way I look at it, I’ve got two diamond albums sitting on my mantlepiece — that’s 10 times platinum. I’ve got two albums. That means the fans went out and bought it, so that means a lot more to me.”

Def Leppard are touring America with KISS and after a nearly-30-year career packed with huge hits and big selling records the band have almost done it all. But Collen says they still set targets. for everything the band achieve they set themselves another goal.

He adds: “Back in the day, it was getting a gold album, then a platinum album, and they don’t really exist anymore, so that’s passed by. There’s all these other things. You just want your music to translate, for everyone to hear it, which we’re doing — we’re succeeding there. And then with concerts, it’s always been, you wanna play a certain venue — you wanna be at Wembley, Madison Square Garden, the Marquee club, the Budokan in Japan. So they’re all goals and ambitions that we’ve actually succeeded already. But you keep adding more.”

Fans have been waiting six years for a follow up to 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, but the wait could be over.

Collen says: “We’ve just written 15 songs for our new album. We’re actually blown away, because it normally takes us about five years to write 10 songs, and we’ve got 15 songs already — we’ve gotta finish them off, but we’re gonna have an album out next year. So for us, that’s our big goal. Next year’s gonna be a really important year. We’ve got this great album. The recording has been really going fast and flowing, so we’re ultra excited about that.”


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  • Nobycane on

    It certainly has been six years…so when the new album comes out next year 2015; that will be 7 years. I think they broke their own record on time between albums. But who knows if it will actually get released on time in 2015…I think they want to release by summer 2015, though realistically – fall/winter 2015 sounds more like it.
    Plus, with the concern of Campbells health problems reoccurring, there might be a delay in recording/mixing (which is understandable).

    As far as RRHOF for Leppard. It would be nice…but the powers to be will never consider it.
    Even if it happens…then I hope they invite Pete Willis to the induction. He was there for the success of their first three albums!

  • doug r. on

    Def Lep, Priest, Purple, should all be in the HOF, but not because the “committee” says so, but because we the fans say so!!

  • Lee on

    Jann has the say and he hates Def Leppard and the rest.

  • James on

    Def Leppard will get in eventually, but I agree with what Phil said. It’s not something to dwell on and worry about. The RRHOF is a joke and it’s obviously ran by the same people who’ve tried to keep metal and hard rock down throughout the ages because it wasn’t as sophisticated in their eyes as some art rock whatever or mainstream anybody. But I am positive that if and when Leppard are inducted, EVERY official member will be there, including Pete.

  • Joe on

    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame isn’t what a REAL Hall of Fame buisness should be etc MLB, NFL, NBA etc: It is just a bunch of polished ass kissing buisness men who really have ZERRRRO buisness being in this type of environment. I really could elaborate more but Eddie has covered it all……Joe in The Cuse

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