It is poised to be one of the biggest tours of the summer and Def Leppard will be hitting the road with Motley Crue, Poison, and Joan Jett as part of a sprawling concert series entitled ‘The Stadium Tour’. That slate of concerts is set to go down beginning on June 16th in Atlanta, Georgia, and conclude in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 9th.
Def Leppard would recently drop a bombshell about this popular hard rock group. The band, also has a new album that has yet to be released called ‘Diamond Star Halos’ – that album will hit shelves on< May 27th of this year. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Def Leppard bandmate Joe Elliot touched on how he believes the group is so much more than a hair metal group – about the popular sub-genre of rock that Def Leppard was part of in the 1980s. These comments would be made after it was noted about the name ID about Motley Crue and Poison. Credit to the outlet for the following comments.
“Are people going to start calling Joan Jett hair metal? She’s shaved her head! On this tour, we’re the only British act. That again separates us.”
Elliot would continue: “One of my favorite images and icons of all time is Johnny Thunders. He invented the Eighties hair. But we wouldn’t call the New York Dolls hair metal. It’s just hair. It’s the same thing as Steve Stevens from Billy Idol’s band. He looks like Johnny Thunders since he has this massive hair and he never got rid of it. It’s just his choice. He’s like, “This is me and I’m happy who I am.” We’re happy with who we are. We just aren’t hair metal.”
During the same interview, Elliot would share his opinion on who he believes should be next to be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stating the below:
“Mott the Hoople, obviously, or Ian Hunter since he’s still active. He should have been in years ago. Todd Rundgren finally got in. I was chomping at the bit for him to get in even when he was up against us. I went to see him at a little theater in California. When I went to see him afterward, he walked into the green room and went, “Ah, the competition.” I said, “We’re not competition. We’re allies. I want you in. I voted for you.”
As he continued: “T. Rex getting in is a big deal for me. But from a personal point of view, Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople. Please, get some sense. They deserve to be in. They may have been cult, but my God, they were fucking awesome.”