In a recent interview, Joe Elliott revealed why Def Leppard wouldn't collaborate with Bon Jovi. He told Rolling Stone that their 2008 collaboration with Taylor Swift was a more valuable exercise. Elliott explained, “The whole thing came together because somebody walked into our dressing room with a laptop. He goes, ‘It’s Taylor Swift, she’s doing this interview, and she said there was only band that she would ever do a Crossroads with, and it was Def Leppard.’ We went, ‘Wow, OK, get in touch with her, see what she thinks.’ Lo and behold, couple of months go by and, all of a sudden, we’re doing this show.”

He continued, “We’ve always been that poke-noses-out-of-joint kind of band. I loved the idea of something that’s gonna either piss people off or they go, ‘Good for you for doing something different.’ If you’re gonna do collaborations, I don’t see the point in us doing a song with Bon Jovi. … It’s like, I’d prefer the idea of Jon Bon Jovi doing a song with like, Tom Waits. Us doing something with Loudon Wainwright III or Leonard Cohen. Somebody completely off the wall. Or Elvis Costello and Motorhead. Can you imagine what that would sound like?”

Ahead of Def Leppard’s confirmation of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Elliott recalled the advice Bon Jovi gave him about the experience, saying, “it's not really gonna change my life, really, one way or the other – but Jon Bon Jovi has been telling me for at least 12 months that yes, it will.”