Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen spoke in an interview with Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation, and revealed his thoughts about Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“A lot of the artists, when they’re being overlooked, they’ll say things like, ‘You know, who cares?’. And then when the day comes like the day has come for you to find that you’re actually getting in [the Rock Hall] – does it change your feeling a little bit?”
“I absolutely didn’t give a shit. Didn’t bother me, didn’t care, but for the band, for the brand, for everything else, it’s fantastic.
I got more texts and e-mails than I’ve had for any other event, birthdays, all sorts of stuff. So this obviously means more, and means more to the band, you know. It’s a big deal.”
Trunk said ‘It really puts a button on what’s been an incredible 2018 for Def Leppard, doesn’t it?’, and Collen said:
“Obviously, this late success, it really means more when you’re 61 years old than when you’re 25 when you got a record company deal, a producer. That was a lot easier. But it means more now because we’ve never really done, you know, this kind of a reunion tour.
I do like the fact that this year was just incredible – the G3 tour in January, Journey in May, and it just kept getting better and better and better. It’s never been this good – we never played, we never sounded this good.”