Vivian Campbell has hinted that Brian May will induct DEF LEPPARD into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this spring.
Asked by Beth Simmons of the 96.1 KLPX radio station if he and his bandmates know yet who will induct them into the Rock Hall, Vivian said (hear audio below): "I've heard a rumor. I don't know if it's for public consumption yet. But it would be pretty easy to figure it out. It's a gentleman who's been a big fan of the band and a friend of the band for many, many decades."
When pressed for another hint as to the identity of the person that will do the honors, Campbell said: "He's really smart."
After Simmons named the QUEEN guitarist and Ph.D. astrophysicist as someone who fits the description of the person who will induct DEF LEPPARD, Vivian responded: "It may well be."
Campbell said that the members of DEF LEPPARD are "excited" about finally getting the Rock Hall nod. "In LEPPARD, we've never been the sort of band that's gotten many industry accolades, although we've got a tremendously faithful fanbase and we always have, for many, many years," he said. "And I think one of the most exciting aspects about getting into the Hall Of Fame is we actually got the biggest-ever fan vote. So I think that kind of means as much, if not more, to us."
This past December, Vivian's bandmate Phil Collen said that May was the "really obvious" choice to induct DEF LEPPARD into the Rock Hall.
"We just played [Las] Vegas just a few months ago, and QUEEN were playing just around the corner, and I bumped into Brian at the gym, actually," he recalled. "And he said, 'You're playing tonight?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'Me too.' He goes, 'What time do you finish?' And I said, 'We finish about 11.' He said, 'We finish at 8. I'll be over later. I'll finish and I'll come straight over.' He turned up. He'd done a show with QUEEN, and he came over. And it was just, like, amazing. Brian is one of my biggest influences. I love him. I just can't get over how amazing he is. And we all do — we're huge QUEEN fans and Brian fans. And so, that would be lovely, if he'd be up for it. But, you know, we'll see."
Two years ago, Rock Hall's Todd Mesek explained how the committee chooses presenters for each act. "They look for those connections and a deep appreciation, so that the presenters can speak from the heart on the inductee's impact — both on themselves as well as the fans at large," he said.
The 34th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held March 29 at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast a truncated version of the ceremony later in the year.
Ballots were sent to a voting group of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music-industry professionals.
The public was invited to participate again last year in the fan vote. The top five artists made up a fan's ballot, which counted as a single vote.
Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll," which is, of course, open to interpretation.
One of the top-selling rock acts of of all time, DEF LEPPARD has been eligible for the Rock Hall since 2004.
The 2019 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1993.