Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott spoke frankly with Robert Cherry of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the heyday of hair metal bands, an era the veteran group has managed to survive. “In the late ’80s, every band sounded like us,” Elliott said. “That was the reason grunge started. I think Nirvana could have coped with Def Leppard. They just couldn’t cope with 20,000 of us. But [Nirvana frontman] Kurt Cobain did us a big favor. As much as it hurt us, he got rid of all the rubbish. The ones that survived were literally us.” Cleveland.com has since removed the article.