DEF LEPPARD’S JOE ELLIOTT ON THE BAND’S ROCK HALL NOMINATION, “I’M NOT GONNA HOLD MY BREATH…JUDAS PRIEST DIDN’T GET IN LAST YEAR”
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott spoke with Gary Graff of Billboard about the bands Rock Hall nomination. Below are some quotes from the feature article.
On the nomination:
“We’ll wait and see. I’m not gonna hold my breath because I know how this can go. Judas Priest didn’t get in last year, and it’s a big disappointment for them that they didn’t. So I’m not taking anything for granted…People keep sending us snapshots if they’re at the (Cleveland) museum — ‘Check out the fan vote!’ and there’s our name at the top, like 300 percent higher than whoever is the number two choice of the fans. That sort of makes it a lot more realistic for us. It’s not this cloak and dagger thing, it is actually bringing the real people to have a bit of a vote on it, if you will.”
Discussing guitarist Pete Willis being included in the band’s induction list:
“Pete is very important in the very early embryonic version of this band and if the group..I really couldn’t tell you how that’s going to pan out. Would we welcome his company? Well, why not? If he’s nominated, he’s rightly nominated. He does deserve to be on the list.”
In the meantime, the band is still busy on the road, playing Hysteria full-album shows in Hawaii, Japan, Australia and other markets, wrapping up for the year during mid-December in London. The group has done some “bits and bobs” of recording, though no new album is planned at the moment.
Read more at Billboard.
Okay, I’ve revised my list, (a little)
AND, REO Speedwagon! Now before the haters start in, just remember before REO went ballad heavy in the 80’s, they kicked some serious ass in the 70’s!
If you took a few artists off that list, I’m good. 😉
Oh my God, I did it again! I just noticed I forgot about DIO, again! And the Doobie Brothers! F–k it, I’m fired! No worries, I’m firing myself! 😉
You must go to the “last in line.” JK 😉
I have a strong feeling Def Leppard will get in this time. If they do, I really would like to see Pete get up on stage and play with them.
Any list that doesn’t have Phil Collins is incomplete. Even if you forget about some of the later schlock-y solo albums, he delivered the goods for the better part of three decades writing, singing, and drumming for some of the greatest artists on the planet.