Joe Elliot: 'They don't want the likes of Def Leppard in Rock n Roll Hall of Fame'

Mon, 17 October 2011

Def Leppard's Joe Elliot is backing an internet campaign to have Scottish blues-rockers The Sensational Alex Harvey Band inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, reports DailyRecord

Elliot has been a huge fan of the group & credits the Glaswegian outfit for inspiring him to make music, he said:

"You have no idea how big a fan I was of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band growing up."

"They did two nights in Sheffield and this was the Penthouse Tapes tour."

"It was before they released Boston Tea Party so it would have been '76. Phenomenal."

"I've had them on tour with us since then and I sang Boston Tea Party at one of their shows."

The Sheffield born lead-vocalist believes that the likes of Def Leppard, Motley Crue & Black Sabbath will never be asked to join the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame claiming it would 'be seen to be dirty' and says only the likes of Tom Petty & Bruce Springsteen 'get in.'

Def Leppard are due to perform a string of UK dates this December with support from Motley Crue & Steel Panther . However, Joe states that the Crue aren't the hell-raising, hedonistic rockers they once were and even claims the band are forced to live out their 'past reputations' even though they have been 'clean' for some years, he said:

"Because of a documentary where you see someone throwing a telly out the window of a hotel, people get the impression that is what we all do.

"You talk to Nikki. He has been clean since he was toe-tagged once in the 80s. He's a far more sensible character these days.

"He has his own radio show here in the States and has had me on the show a couple of times. His stories are similar to mine. He dresses like Nikki Sixx with the warpaint on."

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