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RICK ALLEN Says His DEF LEPPARD Bandmates Are Like Family

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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was interviewed recently in Florida to promote his ongoing art events.

Rick spoke to NBC 6 South Florida for their 6 In The Mix show to promote his latest artwork exhibitions.

Rick talked about joining Def Leppard in 1978, success/band friendship, his artwork, Legend Series Paintings, art studio and Accident Recovery.

Watch the full 5 minute interview video below.

The art events took place in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida last weekend and has another coming soon in Atlanta.

6 In The Mix/NBC 6 South Florida - Rick Allen Interview Quotes - (Transcribed by dltourhistory)

Joining Def Leppard

"Yeah I joined round about my 15th birthday and yeah I've never looked back. I mean it's the only real job I knew."

Success/Band Friendship

"I think it's not always the success that defines you. It's what you do, you know, in times when, you know, you get beaten down. And I think that's one of the main things about this band is, you know, we enjoy one another's company. We still have one dressing room. And, you know, I think that's the key is actually enjoying the people that you work with."


"It's true and it is. It's all my life experience and it all comes out somewhere along the way. I do a fair bit of painting with my youngest daughter and it's a great way for the two of us to bond. And people really enjoy what I'm doing so...and it makes me feel god while I'm doing it."

Legend Series Paintings

"Well the Legends series. I actually painted Steve Clark who was one of my band mates who sadly, you know, he passed. And then I just carried on that tradition so Hendrix was an obvious example. I just did Tom Petty as well which, you know, what a terrible loss. And then, you know, the phone boxes that was refuge you know. When it was freezing cold outside or raining. I can't even tell you what went on inside those!."

Art Studio

"I'll kind of go between, you know, sometimes it'll be just like I need peace and quiet. I just wanna get into my headspace and just paint. And then other times like when I'm doing some of the Legends like Hendrix I've got like Hendrix music blasting and just trying to get into the vibe of it."

Accident Recovery

"The human spirit literally. I think when you surround yourself with people that care. People that lift you up. Whether that's, you know, my family. the guys in the band who I consider family. And then people from all over the planet just really lifting me up. It was like you know what I can do this."

Rick Allen Art Events - May 2019

Legends And Dreams

Saturday 4th May 2019 - Wentworth Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Phipps Plazza, 3500 Peachtree Road from 5pm to 8pm.

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