In light of how well they’re doing with the online fan vote, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott can’t help but get excited by the band’s long-overdue nomination. In addition to Leppard, the 2019 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Todd Rundgren, Janet Jackson, Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Radiohead, MC5, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and the Zombies. The final list will be rolled out in December.
Joe Elliott told us that despite being passed over for the Rock Hall for 14 straight years — as of now — the fan vote action has gotten him feeling as though Leppard might finally see induction: [“It’s well documented how it’s not going to change my life one way or the other; well, Jon Bon Jovi has been telling me for at least 12 months ‘Yes it will (laughs).’ And the fan vote thing is the thing that’s kind of swung our attention into a much more positive situation, y’know? ‘Cause people keep sending us snapshots if they’re at the museum: ‘Check out the fan vote’ — and there’s our name at the top.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC . . . at the top)
The Rock Hall fan vote tallies are updated by the minute at https://www.rockhall.com/fanvote/standings:
The leading Top Five artists vying for the 2019 Rock Hall fan vote are:
1. Def Leppard
2. Stevie Nicks
3. The Cure
4. Todd Rundgren
5. The Zombies
- Coming on November 30th is Def Leppard‘s new double-disc greatest hits compilation, entitled The Story So Far – The Best Of.
- In addition to Leppard’s best-loved hits and album favorites, the set features three new songs, including the official studio recording of the band’s recent live cover of Depeche Mode‘s “Personal Jesus,” “Rock On (Remix),” and the original holiday song “We All Need Christmas.”
- As a bonus, the first pressing vinyl copies of The Story So Far feature an exclusive seven-inch single of “Personal Jesus” and “We All Need Christmas.”
- The Story So Far – The Best Of will be available in multiple configurations: a double-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, one-CD comprised of 17 tracks, a double LP vinyl, and digital version.
CHECK IT OUT: Def Leppard’s video for 1983’s “Foolin'”: