Def Leppard Reacts to Rock Hall Induction: &#zero39;We Care Now&#zero39;

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News of Def Leppard's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Thursday (Dec. 13) discovered Joe Elliott consuming a specifically made smoothie the day earlier than a live performance within the group's dwelling city of Sheffield, England. "We'll save the champagne 'til March," he informed Billboard.

But relaxation assured that Elliott and his bandmates have been blissful to get the phrase.

"We didn't get too enthusiastic about it earlier than as a result of we weren't in; Being nominated is all nicely and good, however we weren't inducted," Elliott explains. "Now that we all know we can be we will go, 'Oh! Alright! We are in a really elitist membership proper now, aren't we, with the Stones and the Beatles and the Who and Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen all that stuff.'

"We obtained the information in Glasgow on the best way to final evening's present in Manchester, so once we all obtained on the bus there was plenty of, 'Hey, corridor of famer, the way you doing?' and we have been high-fiving and hugging and stuff like that -- the perfect you may at 10 o'clock within the morning, whenever you've simply wakened. It wasn't like a film scenario the place there was champagne and balloons and stuff. We took it in our stride as a result of it's mid-tour and we're a working band and it was simply one other bit of knowledge coming in direction of us that day, one among many issues we have been coping with.

"But it was like, 'Yeah! We're in! Great! The very factor we've spent 10 years saying we don't care about, we care now...'"

Elliott was additionally fast to provide all credit score to Def Leppard's followers, who drove the group to the highest of this 12 months's fan vote with 547,600 -- 120,000 greater than second-place Stevie Nicks. Elliott mentioned that all through the method followers despatched Def Leppard images of the digital standings on the Rock Hall museum in Cleveland, whereas some earlier inductees who're pals despatched him selfies of their ballots with Def Leppard's field checked off.

"The necessary factor is that this actually has been swung by our followers greater than anyone else," Elliott mentioned, "not some committee of individuals we don't know that resolve whether or not we're legitimate or not. The followers just about informed them that we're, and God bless them for that. We have at all times been one of many odd ones out as a result of we've been portrayed for the final nevertheless many many years as, 'Yeah, they promote plenty of information,' however we're not cool. This says in any other case, doesn't it."

Elliott says the group's Rock Hall agenda -- reaching out to authentic guitarist Pete Willis, selecting an inductor, inviting company -- received't be a spotlight till after its present British tour wraps up on Dec. 19. The group can be touring Europe and Canada and enjoying a Las Vegas residency throughout 2019, however the March 29 induction in Brooklyn will come earlier than all that and primarily kick off Def Leppard's 12 months.

"It's a really eclectic combine," Elliott mentioned of the inductee class, which incorporates fellow Brits the Zombies, Radiohead and the Cure together with American singers Stevie Nicks (already inducted as a part of Fleetwood Mac) and Janet Jackson. "I'm thrilled for the Zombies; I believe we'll actually jell with them on the evening. It's going to be an attention-grabbing dynamic...the Cure and Radiohead, I don't know these folks. I don't know the way it's going to be. They're two bands that we now have completely nothing in frequent with, however I'm hoping that they'd be as open to a handshake and a congratulatory clinking of glasses as we'd be."

Meanwhile, Elliott mentioned that 2018 inductee Jon Bon Jovi promised it is going to be an important expertise for Def Leppard. "He mentioned, 'You're gonna f***in' like it!' I mentioned, 'Really? Why?' he mentioned, 'It's nice. It's very nice. It'll all come to you whenever you're standing there. It'll all make sense.' Well, OK...I'll have that to stay up for."