Def Leppard: 'The Internet Is Just a Forum for Negativity'

"People very rarely spend hours and hours writing little comments underneath an article that's positive," says Joe Elliot.

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Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot didn't feel like sharing a few kind words while discussing the Internet community and Rock Hall, dubbing the web a negativity forum, and blasting the Hall as a "waste of space."

Asked by 100.7 WZXL about the online controversy surrounding the KISS induction, Joe noted, "The Internet is just a forum for negativity. People very rarely spend hours and hours writing little comments underneath an article that's positive. It's all, like, 'Oh, these guys suck,' or 'Blah blah blah,' because they're anonymous, so they can say stuff."

Focusing on KISS, the singer stressed that he doesn't have much of an opinion, but also pointed out "the fact that a band as 'mom's apple pie' as Lynyrd Skynyrd was seven nominations before they were accepted, I find the whole Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thing absolutely a waste of space. And I hope they never ask us to be in it, 'cause I wouldn't wanna go anyway."

Dropping another attention-grabber, Elliot stated that the current KISS lineup sounds better than the classic roster featuring guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. "Tommy Thayer is a phenomenal guitar player, and Eric Singer is a great drummer," he said (via Blabbermouth). "And the songs have never sounded as good live, as far as I'm concerned. With all due respect to Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, it seems to be a happier camp now.

Discussing the mask controversy, Joe added, "I've seen some people say that [Tommy and Eric] don't deserve to be able to wear the ["Spaceman" and "Catman"] makeup. Well, KISS is a franchise as much as a band, or a brand and a band, and if that's what it takes to sell the band, that they wear the same makeup...

"Sometimes when in Vegas, in Cirque Du Soleil, if a certain character wears a certain mask and he gets sick, one of the chorus line comes in and takes over wearing the same makeup. [KISS fans who continue to complain about the current KISS lineup should] move on. If you like the songs, and you've got Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley], which were always, in fairness, the two most out-front members of KISS anyway, I think it still works," he concluded.

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    Joe Elliot: The internet is full of negativity Joe Elliot: The Rock n Roll hall of fame sucks
    At leaste one thing can be said,,we members of the UG forums shall prove his point whether we like it or not.
    Why the **** they even talk??? Oh god, i hate'em... Their only good song was Poor Some Sugar on Me and only cause i know this one... what remains is only garbage... Fuck this band, **** this statement...