Def Leppard Inducted into the Rock Hall

NEW YORK, NY (Ben Caxton) — Def Leppard closed the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a rocking performance, but before that Joe Elliott gave a rousing speech that ranged from touching to funny. He began by thanking the band members’ parents, saying without their help it would be a lot “tougher to be standing on this stage tonight.” The speech took an emotional turn when Elliott spoke about Rick Allen losing his left arm in a car crash in 1984. Allen had tears in his eyes and earned a standing ovation from the audience. He then embraced Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, and Vivian Campbell onstage. Steve Clark, who died from alcohol poisoning in 1991, and Pete Willis, who was fired from the band in 1982, were also inducted as members of Def Leppard. Campbell announced in 2013 that he was battling cancer. Elliott added: “If alcoholism, car crashes and cancer couldn’t kill us, the ’90s had no (expletive) chance.”

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