Def Leppard Singer Explains NHL Mishap


October 14, 2008

So by now, most of you have heard of Joe’s little mistake of putting the Stanley Cup upside down during the bands NHL Face Off Rocks season opening celebration concert this past Thursday… Let’s see what the man himself has to say about it!

“I will, as always, take full responsibility for what happened because I have big pucks. However, someone at the NHL should have known better and informed me first instead of keeping the Stanley Cup under lock and key until the last minute. The practice run the day before with a coffeemaker went swimmingly because it, like every other sporting cup I’ve ever seen, was wider at the top than the base. Ironic isn’t it that after that night’s gig, a NHL insider told me that long ago the Stanley Cup was also designed to be put down that way!!!

Like most of my fellow Brits, I’d never seen it before until it was handed to me sideways by which time I had a 50/50 chance of getting it right. Whoops…”

Video of Joe Elliot putting the Stanley Cup upside down can be viewed below

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