No Sugar, Please: Def Leppard reject idea of Donald Trump introducing them at Iowa State Fair


Def Leppard want no part of Donald Trump.

Over the weekend, CNN reported that the controversial Republican presidential hopeful would be introducing the band before they hit the stage at the Iowa State Fair next month, part of Def Leppard’s current summer tour with Styx and Tesla. CNN called Def Leppard an “80s hair metal band,” and noted that the Iowa State Fair “is the first-in-the-nation caucus state’s signature summer event, and a must-attend for presidential candidates.”

But Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell isn’t feeling it.

“I really, really, really hope that there’s no truth to this rumor,” he wrote on Facebook Sunday night. “Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn’t be associating my name with this clown.”

The show is scheduled for August 15. On August 23, the Iowa State Fair also hosts its Rock-A-Thon, featuring Dee Snider, Warrant, Dokken, Firehouse, and host Eddie Trunk.

Def Leppard’s tour recently rolled through Massachusetts, hitting the XFinity Center in Mansfield on July 9. No politicians were involved.

I really, really, really hope that there's no truth to this rumour. Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if…

Posted by Vivian Campbell on Sunday, July 19, 2015