This letter was published on Def Leppards website to show their appreciation for Brian helping to induct them to the Rock Walk.
this is your old pal Joe Elliott here. Just dropping you a note to thank you for being the one and only guy who could have, and indeed did, induct Def Leppard into the Rock ''n'' Roll Walk Of Fame. With very short notice, you were cool enough to come down to the Guitar Center in sunny L.A. and say some pretty nice things about us. It just brought it all home.
The times me and Sav sat up all night listening to Queen records, planning our meteoric rise to rock ''n'' roll stardom! We just wanted to be Queen, period. As time went by and our career was in what you would call the "growth stage", we frequently pulled out those old records (or tapes if we were on the road!) just to remind ourselves of what we wanted to achieve; worldwide domination or bust!!! That''s the influence you & Queen had on us.
We first met (you''re forgiven if you don''t remember!) in 1981 somewhere in Europe. We were opening for Ritchie Blackmore''s Rainbow, you were recording, "Hot Space", I think. We''d just finished our set when after a polite knock on the door, in you walked and said "Hi, I''m Brian May". No shit!!!! I learned a big lesson that night, which I hopefully will never forget; you don''t have to be an asshole to make it in the biz.
It was inevitable that our paths would cross again. They did, in 1983, and when we dragged you up on stage with us at the L.A. Forum to do a ripping version of the old Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Traveling Band", we had by then reached a level of success that was slightly more in line with your own! However, the influence has never waned and thankfully neither have the wonderful occasions when we have been able to share a stage together.
It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with the remaining members of Queen at the Freddie Mercury tribute show, and you joining us on stage for "Now I''m Here" (one of your songs, remember?) will forever be one of my proudest moments. It isn''t very often one gets a chance to say "Thanks, man" to somebody who has been an influence on your life, too many people in the biz don''t think it''s cool to do so. I do.
I just wanted to let you know. Again and on behalf of the rest of the guys; "Thanks, man" for being who you are, a wonderful guitarist, a good guy and a true friend.