Def Leppard emphasize Pete Willis’ band contributions at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Def Leppard emphasize Pete Willis’ band contributions at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

UK hard rockers Def Leppard were officially inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, USA yesterday (on March 29, 2019) and its inducted members consisted of singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen, guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, and former guitarists, Pete Willis and the deceased Steve Clark.

Elliott spoke on behalf of the band and stated in part with respect to Willis and Clark (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx):

“Another significant moment in this band’s birth was a simple act of missing a bus, which is something that I did on one August 1977. By deciding to walk home instead of waiting for the next one, it would happen that I would bump into a young kid who I knew to be a pretty good guitar player. That kid is a guy called Pete Willis. Pete was a co-pilot in this band and one of the best [inaudible] in the business. Sadly, Pete could not be with us tonight but I want to emphasize how very important Pete was to this band in the early ’80s. Pete is a terrific player. He had a very mischievous sense of humour but he brought plenty of great musical ideas to this band.

And it was Pete after a chance meeting in a college cantine, both reaching for the same guitar magazine, introduced to the late great Steve Clark. Over the following ten years, Steve made a massive musical contribution to this band. His incredible and unique riffs helped shape some of the most [inaudible] songs that we will ever write. It really does go without saying that we love him and we miss him every day.”

Video of Queen guitarist Brian May‘s induction speech for Def Leppard‘s induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019:

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame QUEEN’s Brian May Complete DEF LEPPARD Induction Speech

Barclays Center, 3-29-19, Brooklyn, NY

Video of Def Leppard‘s acceptance speech at their induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019:

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Complete DEF LEPPARD Induction Speech

Barclays Center, 3-29-19, Brooklyn, NY

Def Leppard performing “Rock of Ages” at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019:

2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame DEF LEPPARD Complete ROCK OF AGES

Barclays Center, 3-29-19, Brooklyn, NY

Def Leppard performing “Hysteria” at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019:

Def Leppard – Hysteria @ 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Fame Ceremony 3-29-2019

Uploaded by Michael Weinbaum on 2019-03-30.

Def Leppard performing “All The Young Dudes” with Queen guitarist Brian May and others at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, 2019:

Def Leppard – All The Young Dudes (Final Jam) @ 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Fame Ceremony @ 3-29-2019

2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY 3/29/2019