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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard performs at the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Rock Of Ages" at Hollywood and Highland on June 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott celebrates his birthday today (August 1), and if there’s one thing we love about him, it’s his admiration for his influences.

We know…most rock stars have some sort of base of fandom, but check out the interview below in which Elliott talks about how he was inspired by T.Rex ,how the band were his “first concert” and just listen to his passion.

Sometimes, it’s easy to put rock stars on pedestals, but it’s always cool to be reminded that at the end of it all, they’re fans just like us.

 

That Metal Show | Joe Elliott: Behind The Scenes | VH1 Classic

We get up-close and personal with a behind the scenes interview with Joe Elliott from Def Leppard at That Metal Show. Watch That Metal Show on VH1 Classic. Subscribe to VH1: http://on.vh1.com/subscribe Shows + Pop Culture + Music + Celebrity. VH1: We complete you.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.