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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott: Rock Hall is ‘rubbish’

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott: Rock Hall is ‘rubbish’

DEF LEPPARD: Def Leppard pose with the Kerrang Inspiration Award at the Kerrang Awards at a central London venue, Thursday, June 9, 2011. Photo: Associated Press/Jonathan Short

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has dismissed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as pointless and branded the honor of induction “rubbish”.

The rocker has been drawn into the row surrounding the induction of Def Leppard’s tour mates KISS, who are disputing the decision to only induct the band’s original members.

Elliott claims positions in the Hall of Fame are decided by executives who have no real connection to the music and that induction offers no benefit to artists.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I imagine the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as this board table with six Mr. Roboto’s sitting around, faceless tuxedo-wearing prats… I was really happy when I saw Johnny Rotten tell them to go (expletive) themselves. That’s what I would do… even if I did get talked out of it by the other guys in the band.

“But I don’t care. I don’t gain anything from it. 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. It’s rubbish. There’s no gain from it.”

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