Queen’s Brian May: Def Leppard are family to me

Brian May with Def Leppard at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last week (Image credit: Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic - Getty)

On Friday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Def Leppard were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Queen guitarist Brian May.

May and the Sheffield outfit have been friends since the early 80s, with guitarist Phil Collen recently telling Rolling Stone (opens in new tab): “We are still the hugest Brian May and Queen fans. 

“I’m so pleased that the movie (Bohemian Rhapsody (opens in new tab)) was such an amazing success. We love everything they do. They inspire us to no end. I listen to this stuff all the time, and it’s amazing. So to have him there actually honouring us is, it’s huge.”

And, speaking with SiriusXM shortly before he took to the stage, May spoke about what it meant to him to be at the ceremony on behalf of the band.

He said: “I would hate it if anyone else had done it rather than me, because they are family to me and have been for a long time. I love them dearly.

“I know a lot about them, because we spent a lot of time together. They've done stuff for us – particularly with Joe Elliott. I go back, and we've done all kinds of stuff for each other and with each other. 

“We're kind of like brothers, I suppose. So, yeah, I had to do it – I had to be here.”

After being inducted, Def Leppard took to the stage and played HysteriaRock Of Ages, Photograph and Pour Some Sugar On Me (opens in new tab).

They then returned at the end of the ceremony to lead an all-star jam through Mott The Hoople’s All The Young Dudes with Ian Hunter.

Def Leppard will play 12 nights in Las Vegas between August 14 - September 7 (opens in new tab) at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.