Like KISS, who Def Leppard will tour with this summer, singer Joe Elliott is not a fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He says, "I imagine the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as this board table with six Mr. Robotos sitting around, faceless tuxedo-wearing prats. This is the way I look at it, as there are two hats. They pull out the one, 'Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, KISS, Motley Crue, [screw] that, no. Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, R.E.M., The Pixies, we want all them in because they’re cool. We don’t want RATT, we don’t want Poison.' I was really happy when I saw Johnny Rotten tell them to go [screw] themselves. That’s what I would do…even if I did get talked out of it by the other guys in the band... If you get an Oscar, your next film you’re gonna be offered five times the money of your last film, and better scripts. When you get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the next day you wake up in the same bed. You don’t get tours thrown at you to open for Led Zeppelin or find out Paul McCartney wants to write a song with you."
Def Leppard released their first album, On Through the Night, in 1980, which means they have been eligible for induction into the Hall since 2005, but have yet to be nominated.