Def Leppard is on tour. Last week we reported that the band will have the dubious honor of being introduced at one of their shows by none other than Donald Trump. Trump will probably be fine with it. None of the members of Def Leppard were ever in a POW camp.
But how do the members of Def Leppard feel about it?
Trump was announced to be slated to introduce the band at the Iowa State Fair next month. The band shares a bill with Styx and Tesla at the State Fair Grandstand on the fairgrounds in Des Moines on August 15.
Odd part is, it seems the folks running the event had never even heard about Trump's intended appearance.
"That has not yet been confirmed by our music staff," a rep for the fair said. "I would say the fair currently has no knowledge of Trump's appearing on August 15."
Now, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has posted his opinion about the whole thing on his Facebook page.
"I really, really, really hope that there's no truth to this rumour," Campbell said of the Trump introduction. "Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn't be associating my name with this clown."
Def Leppard refuse to allow Donald Trump to introduce them at the Iowa State Fair. Those are my boys. 🙂
— Josh Decker (@guitarpianodude) July 21, 2015
While most of Campbell's followers on Facebook seemed to share his opinion of Trump, there were some for whom this was unacceptable. These folks expressed their displeasure in the most illiterate way they could summon.
"well drf lep.. i can honastly you can "go fuck your self !!!! you say your not a political band ?? right there you just him a clown !! thats an opinion !!!! which put you in the non donald side of this.. thats being a stupid libtard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh by the way im burning all my def leppard albums ..cd's...and all the tickets i save from you concert !!! and some t-shirts ive had for allmost 19 years.."
"Vivian, I'm disappointed that your liberal. I thought you had class. I guess you are a poser. You should be defending Americans rights. Not backing the party that opposed civil rights."
"Clowns are the politicians ruining the country. Clowns blindly support Hilary and that community disorganizer Obama !
Some of us love the band but love our country and heritage and take offense to calling out a person that is finally speaking the truth. Trump is speaking for many on this country. Now everyone says no politics , it ruins the music side of life! Well you have proven yourself a liberal by you present and past comments. Not all of us agree with that mental diseased way of thought"
As for Donald Trump, Def Leppard would not be his first brush with rock and roll. On his Celebrity Apprentice program, Trump rubbed elbows with the likes of Gene Simmons, Bret Michaels, famous band manager Sharon Osbourne, Meat Loaf, and Dee Snider.
Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Slams Donald Trump as a "Clown" Although Donald Trump might not have the long flowing hair required t…
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