With a Def Leppard / Journey summer tour heavily rumored to be announced sometime this week — there’s no doubt about the strength of Def Leppard’s fan base. Despite that, 2018 marks the 14th year that the Sheffield, England legends have been passed by for induction for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blabbermouth quoted some of drummer Rick Allen’s thoughts on the situation from his recent chat with DJ Eddie Trunk.
Allen explained that he remains unfazed by the lack of acknowledgement by the Hall: “I think if the fans put us on a pedestal, that’s good enough for me. I don’t need a board of directors, or whatever, to decide whether I should be up there or not. And I mean that with all sincerity. Our fans have proved to us, they’ve shown to us over the years, time and time again, that they are so behind this band, and that, to me, is. . . that’s all that matters.”
He went on to say: “I think there is a certain amount of time lag, and depending on who is on the board deciding who goes through or not. . . We don’t know the circumstances, we don’t know the inner workings of how they come to certain decisions, and I don’t wanna assume anything.”
Guitarist Phil Collen admitted to us he doesn’t know why — despite the string of mega-platinum albums and decades of sold out world tours — Def Leppard remain on the outside of the Rock Hall fence: “I have no idea. No, we never talk about it, actually — unless someone else brings it up. Y’know, it’s like, ‘whatever.’ That just doesn’t really. . . it doesn’t really register. It’s not even. . . Y’know, it’s like, ‘yeah, whatever.'” at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.