Def Leppard frontman, Joe Elliot has said that it was no surprise that it took 13 years for Def Leppard to be a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee. He also reveals Jon Bon Jovi's advice about the whole experience.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for Class of 2019 yesterday. You can see the full list here.
"I'm on vapours cause we've just done sixty shows all over the U.S.," Elliot recalls. He told Billboard, "I’ve got a glass of chardonnay and I'm thinking, 'As one door closes, another one opens. … I mean, it's not really gonna change my life, really, one way or the other -- but Jon Bon Jovi has been telling me for at least 12 months that yes, it will.
Def Leppard could have been nominated since 2005 as music artists and bands are eligible for nomination after 25 years after the release of their first album. Elliot explained that Todd Rundgren has been eligible for 23 years "but just secured his first nomination" and it is the same for Roxy Music (21 years) and Devo (15 years).
"So I don't feel so bad now that we got overlooked when you see people like them, I was out buying their records when I was 12 years old. So it's all right. It's kinda cool."
Elliot also says he's pleased to have the original guitarist, Pete Willis to be included in the nomination. Elliot firmly states that Willis plays a very important role in the "very early embryonic version" of Def Leppard. He adds,
Would we welcome his company? Well, why not? If he's nominated, he's rightly nominated. He does deserve to be on the list.
Def Leppard will be performing a one-off show in Auckland this November 2018 with Scorpions as their special guest.