Def Leppard was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on Friday night. The band has been eligible for the last 14 years.
The induction ceremony took place at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. Queen’s Brian May did the honor of giving the introductory speech.
Elliot and I, in particular, have shared many precious and fun moments,” May recalled. “We have a strong bond and he’s one of my dearest pals. When news got out of [Freddie Mercury’s] passing, the first call I got was from Joe Elliott.”
Leppard members entering the Rock Hall included guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen along with founding guitarist Pete Willis and the late guitarist Steve Clark.
Elliott: “Those songs we’ve written over the years were always our main priority. And although there seemed to be a looming sense of tragedy around every corner, we just wouldn’t let it in. But it’s true, it did seem that every time we made some musical headway, life would knock us back down somewhat. ‘Pyromania’ is a raging success… then Rick has a life-changing accident. He survived it and came out the other side stronger. ‘Hysteria’ gave us the global success that we’d always craved… and then we lost Steve. But we survived and came out the other side stronger people. And that’s the way it’s always played out throughout our career. So let’s face facts here, if alcoholism, car crashes and cancer couldn’t kill us, the nineties had no fucking chance.”