The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame have announced that legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons Def Leppard will be inducted into their prestigious Class of Fame 2019 alongside Janet Jackson, The Cure, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead and The Zombies. Presented by Klipsch Audio, the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on 29 March in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center.
Def Leppard join a long list of legends to receive this coveted honor, in addition to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the impressive “Class of 2019.” With sales eclipsing 100 million albums and a reputation as one of rock’s most enduring and influential bands, this represents yet another massive milestone for the legendary British rock icons.
About the induction, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott said, “First of all, a massive thanks to all our fans & past inductees who voted for us. Congratulations to all our fellow inductees, we stand alongside some amazing artists, past & present. What an absolute honour.”
Guitarist Phil Collen added, “We started 2018 off at the Royal Albert Hall and to now cap it all off with a nod into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is brilliant.” Bassist Rick Savage also said, “Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts Def Leppard in a class of peers that we’ve always appreciated and admired. We’re looking forward to the ceremony.”
Guitarist Vivian Campbell continued: “Coming into Def Leppard after stints with other bands, it was immediately apparent to me that Leppard had ambition far beyond most. As a fan from the early years, I’d heard that ambition in the music, blending genres to craft the unique Leppard sound. After 26 years as the new guy, I can assure you that the work ethic and the collective focus of this band is just as strong to this day.”
Janet Jackson also released a statement reacting to the honor. “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” she says. “I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”
Stevie Nicks previously appeared on the ballot as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998. In 2019, she will become the only woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on two occasions.
“I have a lot to say about this,” Nicks says in a statement, “but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”
The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 29th. An edited version of the event will air later on HBO alongside a SiriusXM radio broadcast. Ticket details will be announced in January and further information can be found at the event’s official website.