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DEF LEPPARD Drummer RICK ALLEN Celebrates 54th Birthday (Photo Gallery)

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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen celebrates his 54th birthday today and a photo gallery is available.

Rick was born in Dronfield, Derbyshire on this day in 1963 to parents Geoff and Kathleen.

He is currently on a break at home in California after the 2017 tour ended in Monterrey, Mexico on 7th October.

He will be attending two more of his ongoing art exhibitions this November in Atlanta, GA at Wentworth Galleries.

Rick joined the band on 27th November 1978 after responding to a story in a local newspaper titled "Leopard Loses Skins". He has now been a member for 37 years.

His first appearance on record was a 1978 EP by The Johnny Kalendar Band featuring three cover songs including 'Fooling Yourself' by Styx.

Shown below is a thank you note written by Rick to fans in the Spring 1985 fan club newsletter after he returned to the band following his 31st December 1984 car accident.

Rick Allen Live 2016/2017 - Birthday Photo Gallery

Photos by Chele Drappel/Sandra Hatfield/Suzette Sasaoka/Sally J/ Holly Beam/Michelle Lydon/Steve Kelley.

Rick Allen Thank you note - From 1985 Fan Club Newsletter

"Hello there,

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to the many people who wrote to me whilst in hospital, I must say that the letters & cards were a great comfort to me, and made my stay in hospital much more bearable.

As for the future Def Leppard will carry on as before, and when the next album is complete we shall be back on the road ASAP.

I've recently been working with my new drum kit, and so far everything is going really well, thanks for all your support, and I'll look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Sincerely, Rick Allen."

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