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Phil Collen of Def Leppard discusses the RRHOF

In an interview with Cleveland.com Def Leppard’s lead guitarist Phil Collen discussed the band’s omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

“We don’t actually care because everyone does it for us…We treat everything – Grammy’s, al that stuff as irrelevant…If that’s your main focus, there’s some life lessons to be learned.”

Def Leppard has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2004 and not only have they not been inducted into the Hall they have never been nominated. Despite this, Collen pointed out to Cleveland.com that he had no issue with the Hall itself and the people who work there…just the voting committee. Collen had this to say and the relationship he has with the actual Hall itself:

 "Rush and KISS should have in there a long time ago…KISS is one of the biggest bands in the world and they were treated with disrespect. But not by the people who work there…I love the people at the museum…They take great care of me and our museum. It's just the voting panel.”

He also discussed with Cleveland.com on how he retrieved a guitar that was on display at the Hall for a gig during the last time he played the city:

The axe in question was his famed glow-in-the-dark guitar with Bela Lugosi’s image on it.

"It was in a case, I got it out and my guitar tech strung it out…I played it for the show and it was back in the case the next morning.''

Collen joined the band in 1982 during the Pyromania recording sessions.

Def Leppard is currently ranked #41 on Notinhalloffame.com.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced their 2019 Class

For all intents and purposes, this is our Christmas morning.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019 and there was little surprise with who got chosen as Radiohead, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, The Cure and The Zombies were chosen.

Radiohead enters on their second year of eligibility. Nominated last year as well, we suspect that when they announced last year they could not attend the ceremony due to commitments on tour in South America that the committee decided to delay the inevitable by a year.

Def Leppard is no surprise as they easily won the fan vote keeping the streak alive as every fan vote winner has been ushered in.  This was their first nomination.

Stevie Nicks makes history as the first woman to be a double inductee.  She was previously inducted with Fleetwood Mac.  

Janet Jackson enters on her third nomination.  It has been speculated that without Les Moonves wielding his influence against her (over Nipplegate) that this should be her year.  It is, and she joins her brothers into the Rock Hall.

The selection of the Cure opens up a glut of future inductions for early 80’s Alternative bands such as New Order and Depeche Mode.

Roxy Music enters on our their first nomination, though they have been eligible for nearly twenty years.

The Zombies, who have been nominated before finally enter after being eligible for more than 25 years. 

The biggest surprise in terms of who did not get in has to be Todd Rundgren, but the fact that he was nominated bodes well for a future induction. Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Devo, Rage Against the Machine, LL Cool J and John Prine.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we will begin work on a new and revised list!

Our dream Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ballot

Now both the Baseball and Football Hall of Fame ceremonies are on the horizon, but it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the controversy that come with it that began this site in the first place. 

In the past, along with regular contributors, Sphensiscus and DDT, we have done projections as to who we thought would be the nominees for the Hall, but at the suggestion of Spheniscus, we put together a dream ballot of the fifteen acts, we want to see nominated and why.

41. Def Leppard

Similar to other artists on this list we suspect that our next selection will generate polarizing opinions. Def Leppard, like many artists associated with the Hair Metal scene often has to overcome the image that the genre created.

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