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Rick Allen Talks About His Horrible Car Accident And Recovery

Friday, 9th December 2016

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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was interviewed yesterday by New York radio to promote his artwork and audio is available.

He spoke with 77 WBAC Radio in New York ahead of his art exhibition in the Short Hills, NJ tomorrow.

Rick talked about his latest art exhibition event, PTSD, working with wounded warriors, how it's helped him, joining Def Leppard, playing with Sammy Hagar/AC/DC, John Lennon's death anniversary, The Beatles, Hysteria tour stories, his accident, hair bands, KISS, PSSOM, the band's chemistry, Taylor Swift, artists he'd like to work with, politics in music, his favourite drummers, why he lives in the USA and his artwork.

Listen to the full 28 minute interview below.

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77 WBAC/Bernie And Sid Show - Rick Allen Interview Quotes

His Accident Recovery

"It was, I mean, on the face of it you know obviously it was horrible and I didn't wanna be here. You know I couldn't stand the thought of not being able to play drums again or you know be with the band. But the guys in the band were amazing. They really gave me the time to do what I needed to do to get back."

"They just left, gave me that space to sort of get myself together. And between sort of my family and the guys in the band and people reaching out from all parts of the globe. I'm like, I can do this."

How long before you came back?/Donington 1986 Show

"I think it was when we did the Donington, the Donington show. We stopped recording Hysteria for a short time, and we did that show. And you could feel this wave. the crowd wanted Joe to say something. And when he finally did I just sat back there and just wept. I just felt this overwhelming support."

"That was a couple of years (after). And like I say now. You know I'm a work in progress. You know when I've got it all figured out I'll call you."

New Drumkit

"Absolutely. I had some great people around me. And you know this one guy Pete Hartley. He came to see me in hospital, I'd known him for a long time, electronics guy. And he said I can build pedals. I can get you playing again. So we put this piece of foam at the bottom of the bed. My brother brought my stereo system into the hospital room and I started playing along. Just simple to all the music that inspired me growing up. And I realised that I could play ll the basic rhythms."

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