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If being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a big deal to the members of Def Leppard, you couldn’t prove it by guitarist Phil Collen.
According to Blabbermouth.net, during an interview with Phoenix, Ariz. radio station 93.3 KDKB, Collen was asked when Def Leppard would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Collen bluntly stated, “For me, I really don't care. [It's, like], whatever. The way I look at it, I've got two diamond albums sitting on my mantlepiece — that's ten times platinum; I've got two albums. That means the fans went out and bought it, so that means a lot more to me, I think.”
Collen gave props to fellow rock and rollers KISS, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and whom Collen felt had been given the cold shoulder for years.
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot echoed these sentiments in a recent interview with Billboard Magazine saying, "I haven't thought about it until literally today because they’re asking us our opinion on the Kiss thing...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."
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the members of Def Leppard have bigger fish to fry. The band is working on a new album and has already penned 15 songs for the new record, which is scheduled to come out next year. Collen was optimistic about the band’s future. “Next year’s gonna be a really important year,” he said.
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