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“All the Young Dudes” Def Leppard & Brian May & The Zombies@Brooklyn, NY 3/29/19

30 March 2019

Def Leppard led an all-star jam of Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes” to close out the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The jam included Queen’s Brian May, the Zombies’ Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, “Little” Steven Van Zandt and, the surprise guest, Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople, who emerged from backstage to join the inductees and presenters for the rendition of the David Bowie-penned classic.MORE

On the scene at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 ceremony in Brooklyn
30 March 2019


Def Leppard, the final honorees of the night, came in on a wave of praise from Queen’s Brian May, who lauded both their raw talent (“I’m hearing this amazing kind of clang, sort of an arpeggiated guitar, and I’m hearing amazing harmonies and these big juicy bass lines, these huge fat drums. And it’s not Queen, it’s these young, precocious boys called Def Leppard and the song is “Photograph”!”) and their name (“which apparently refers to some kind of aurally challenged cat”). As the band took the stage, a good-humored Joe Elliott thanked the crowd effusively and told some fun stories —“let’s face facts here, if alcoholism, car crashes and cancer couldn’t kill us, the ‘90s had no f-ckin’ chance” — before singling out drummer Rick Allen, who overcame the loss of his arm in a 1985 accident and stayed with the band in part by learning to play with his feet.

Tears rolled down Allen’s cheeks as he held his hand to his chest for a sustained standing ovation, and the group paused to soak in the moment before launching into a raucous greatest-hits set: “Photograph,” Hysteria,” “Rock of Ages,” a “Pour Some Sugar on Me” heavy on the audience participation (the crowd were more than willing).

Then it was time for the requisite all-star jam session: Brian May, Ian Hunter, the Zombie’s Colin Blunstone, Stevie Van Zandt and Susanna Hoffs all pouring on stage for a grand finale of “All The Young Dudes.” And at just seven minutes past the five-hour mark, a lights out and a stream towards the exits, until next year. READ MORE