Joe Elliott Of Def Leppard Says The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Is Rubbish
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.27.2014
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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott said that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is "rubbish". Here are highlights:
On working with Paul Rodgers: "I had the opportunity every night to sit on the side of the stage and listen to this great singer. There's no competition; I can't sing like Paul Rodgers. Never could. But it doesn't matter. To me, Joe Elliott and Paul Rodgers sharing a stage on the same night is no different than, say, Dylan sharing a stage with Otis Redding. They are both valid. One of ‘em can't sing and the other is probably the best singer in the world. But as long as Dylan does his thing, people buy into that. It's not about being the best; it's about being an individual. "
On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "I haven't thought about it until literally today because they're asking us our opinion on the Kiss thing. I imagine the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as this board table with six Mr. Roboto's 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, fuck that, no." "Leonard Cohen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, REM, 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 f**k 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."
On the next Def Leppard album: "Def Leppard is producing the album, because when it comes down to it, every producer that we ever think of and talk about falls at least number two behind Mutt Lange. We're not gonna get Mutt, but we worked with him for 11 years in a studio, so we know how it works. Queen made their own records. For the state of the music industry and the place that we hold in it, if we're even in it, cause I've always thought we were in our own little universe, there's no need. If we have a hit, it won't matter who produced it… It'll be down to the song. And we were determined to write all these songs on our own and what we've got going so far sounds incredible. "