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Rick Allen Talks About The Making Of Def Leppard's Rocket

Monday, 22nd August 2016

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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has been interviewed by Rhythm Magazine and talked about the song Rocket.

Rick talked about hos the song was recorded, how he felt when he heard the finished version, his drumkit at the time and the recordings he is most proud of.

The 'Rocket' single reached Number 12 in the USA in April 1989.

It was also a Top 20 hit in the UK reaching Number 15 in February 1989.

The last of the seven singles to be released from the 'Hysteria' album.

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Rocket 1989.

Music Radar - Rick Allen Interview Quotes

Recording The Song

"It was recorded in Wisseloord studios, just outside of Hilversum in The Netherlands. It started out as an idea that Joe (Elliot, vocals) came up with it was actually from a Burundi Black song. That was where the original loop came from."

Listening To The Finished Version

"I remember we were on tour in England at the time, and somebody put it on through the PA system. I was completely blown away. I'd never heard anything like it in my life. We had worked on the record (Hysteria) for nearly three years, so I guess if it hadn't sounded good I would have been disappointed!"

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