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Rick Allen Recalls His Return To Drumming With Def Leppard

Saturday, 20th August 2016

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Pic By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has been interviewed by Team Rock and recalled his car accident and return to drumming.

Rick talked about his accident in December 1984, his recovery, returning to the band, alcohol and drug problems and his ongoing work with veterans.

Read a few quotes below and follow the link to read his full story (which is not taken from the Classic Rock fan mag and appears to be new).

Rick's big return happened on 16th August 1986 at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Donington.

Following his first show back on 5th August and the six irish warm-up shows.

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Team Rock - Rick Allen Interview Quotes

Accident Recovery

"At first even walking was a trial, but I locked myself away in a room at my parents’ house in Dronfield and just played and played. There were times when I thought I just couldn’t do it and wanted to curl up into a ball and give up. But I persevered."

Joe Introducing Rick At Donington

"Before the show we had decided to treat it like just another gig, but without getting too cheesy, there was a vibe of overwhelming love, and I knew within a number or two that it would be fine. When he introduced me so beautifully, and the roar of the crowd was so loud, I burst into tears. I thought, ‘Shit… if I cry on these pedals will I get electrocuted?’ Thirty years on, that day remains in the top five moments of my life. Each time I’ve returned to Donington I’ve realised that it saw me become a man."

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