More members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 have commented on their election:
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard): “First of all, a massive thanks to all our fans and past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees, we stand alongside some amazing artists, past and present. What an absolute honor.”
Phil Collen (Def Leppard): “We started 2018 off at the Royal Albert Hall and to now cap it all off with a nod into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is brilliant.”
Rick Savage (Def Leppard): “Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts Def Leppard in a class of peers that we’ve always appreciated and admired. We’re looking forward to the ceremony.”
Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard): “Coming into Def Leppard after stints with other bands, it was immediately apparent to me that Leppard had ambition far beyond most. As a fan from the early years, I'd heard that ambition in the music, blending genres to craft the unique Leppard sound. After 26 years as the new guy, I can assure you that the work ethic and the collective focus of this band is just as strong to this day."
Rick Allen (Def Leppard): “What an honor for Def Leppard to be included in this year’s induction with so many other talented and deserving artists.”
Also being honored from Def Leppard are original guitarists Pete Willis and the late Steve Clark.
Def Leppard received the news last night (Wednesday) just before going on stage in Manchester, England. And, it's fitting that they get to soak in the honor today in their hometown of Sheffield, England, where they are performing Friday night.
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott on where he is today (Thursday) to celebrate the new of their induction into the Rock Hall:
Stevie Nicks is the first woman to be honored twice by the Hall. “I have a lot to say about this, but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”
Janet Jackson: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”
Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music): "We are delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone who has been involved in the world of Roxy Music -- musicians, engineers, producers, designers and numerous people behind the scenes… and of course our loyal fans."
Ferry will be inducted along with Brian Eno, Johnny Gustafson, Eddie Jobson, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Graham Simpson and Paul Thompson.
Zombies singer Colin Blunstone was also in England -- at home in London -- when he got the news.
Colin Blunstone on The Zombies being elected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
The Zombies have been eligible for induction since 1989 and got in on their fourth nomination. Fans showed their support by making them fourth in the Fan Vote behind, in order, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren, who was not elected this year.
Colin Blunstone on the support of their fans:
Rounding out the Class of 2019 are The Cure and Radiohead.
The 2019 induction ceremony, the 34th annual, will be held on March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will air on HBO later in the spring.