Rock Hall Inductees Def Leppard & Bryan Ferry Reflect on Their Careers Prior to Ceremony

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Rick Allen, Phil Collen, Joe Elliot, Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 27, 2019 in New York City. 

Janet Jackson producer Jimmy Jam also opened up about the Rock and Roll of Fame class of 2019 on SiriusXM.

On Friday, the class of 2019 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include pioneering musical icons across all genres, from Janet Jackson and Def Leppard to Roxy Music and The Cure. In the lead-up to Friday night’s ceremony, many artists are looking back on their storied careers and taking stock of their respective legacies.

In a SiriusXM Town Hall event, the members of Def Leppard opened up to host David Fricke about the influence their music has had on the current generation of pop trailblazers.

“I think we’ve left a bigger mark in pop [than rock],” said frontman Joe Elliott, before listing off the likes of P!nk, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and Alison Krauss as artists whom the veteran rockers count as having influenced.

Meanwhile, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music spoke with SiriusXM’s Feeback co-host Lori Majewski about the support the British rock band received in American cities like Cleveland and New York City during their earliest days. He also hinted at what fans can expect during the rockers’ induction ceremony performance.

“We haven’t decided what we’re going to do, actually,” Ferry said. “I guess it’ll be something, ideally, from the early period and the middle period, and then from the final period. So I guess we’ll kind of do a quick survey of the work in 10 minutes.”

And while Janet Jackson has yet to publicly comment on the honor, her longtime collaborator Jimmy Jam talked to Paul Shaffer on his SiriusXM show The Jimmy Jam Show about working with the star on her quintessential 1986 album Control. According to Jam, he and producing partner Terry Lewis sparked Jackson’s creative freedom after showing her lyrical ideas for the album’s title track.

“It got her juices flowing as a writer,” he told Shaffer. “Because she hadn’t been involved in the creative process on her first two albums. But we were like, ‘no it’s gotta be you, it should be your record. What do you want your record to be?’ And that was the key making it work.”

The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s ceremony is set to broadcast on both HBO and SiriusXM.


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