Def Leppard's Joe Elliott calls Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame judges 'faceless tuxedo-wearing prats'

The bands frontman also questioned the motives behind being nominated for prestigious honour

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott calls Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame judges 'faceless tuxedo-wearing prats'

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has criticised those behind the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, calling them "faceless prats".

The band released their debut album 'On Through The Night' in 1980, and have been eligable for induction into the Hall of Fame since 2005.

Speaking about his frustration with the institution, Elliott said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week (March 25): "I imagine the Rock And Roll Hall O3f Fame as this board table with six Mr Roboto's sitting around, faceless tuxedo-wearing prats. There are two hats. They pull out the one, 'Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, 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."

He continued: "I was really happy when I saw Johnny Rotten tell them to go fuck 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...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."

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons spoke about his frustration with the Hall Of Fame's recently, revealing his anger for the committee deciding to induct the original members of Kiss, ignoring members of the band in its most recent form. In protest of their decision, the band have chosen not to perform at the induction ceremony this April in New York.




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