Last night (March 29), Def Leppard were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after first being eligible 14 years ago. Queen‘s Brian May was the one chosen to induct the group and you can watch their speech in the video above.
In the opening moments, singer Joe Elliott thanked his parents and recalled living at home while dreaming of being in a band. “My mom, for example, taught me my first three chords when I was eight years old. I’ve learned two more since and I’ve come to realize you don’t really need them at all,” he quipped.
The singer also thanked his dad for providing the finances for Def Leppard to make their first-ever recording in 1978 “which was absolutely the launchpad for this very wild ride we’ve been on ever since.”
The event was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and Roxy Music were also inducted as part of the 2019 class.