Def Leppard continues to celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was announced on Thursday. The legendary British rockers' current line-up, which includes: Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick Allen and Rick Savage, will be inducted into the Rock Hall's Class of 2019 along with past founding members Pete Willis and the late Steve Clark.
Rolling Stone reports on Dec. 13 that the “Pour Some Sugar on Me” hitmakers regard their entry into the Rock Hall as “a badge of honor” and look forward to celebrating their induction with fans, as well with members of the band both past and present. The multi-platinum sellers will be fêted along with fellow 2019 inductees Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure, Radiohead, Roxy Music and Janet Jackson at a ceremony to take place March 29 in Brooklyn, New York, at Barclays Center.
Although it remains uncertain whether former member Willis will attend, Def Leppard frontman Elliott has assured fans that the band's ex-guitarist is definitely invited. Willis performed on the multi-platinum seller's first three albums, including their 1980 debut album On Through the Night, High 'n' Dry, as well as a portion of their breakthrough album Pyromania before exiting due to alcohol abuse issues in 1982.
“Pete is invited absolutely,” Elliott tells Rolling Stone. “Whether he comes or not is up to him. We might have to drag him there by his hair. But he deserves to be inducted.”
Def Leppard is currently wrapping a tour of their homeland, which continues on Dec. 14 in Sheffield, U.K., at Fly DSA Arena and will wrap up Dec. 18 in London at SSE Arena Wembley. Grab your tickets now at AXS and check out Def Leppard's reaction to their induction above. For all the latest details on Def Leppard.