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Rick Allen On His Inspiration To Start Drumming Again

Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Def Leppard 2015.
Pic by Chele Drappel

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has been interviewed by New Times about his artwork and photography.

Rick talked about his artwork, photography, his community service in the late 90s, re-learning to play drums again after his accident in 1984, his drumming style, cars and PTSD.

Rick is doing another art exhibition this week in Florida.

New Times - Rick Allen Interview Quotes

Re-Learning To Play Drums

"In many ways, it was quite inexplicable, the experience that I went through. I realized that I could do things with my right hand that I could never do before. At a certain point because I kept going, I kept doing it, I kept playing the learning curve takes over. I guess now I'm in the learning curve stage of my experience, my recovery, my forward momentum, as it were."

"For about a day, and then my brother, he came and spent time with me. He stayed in my hospital room with me. And just the encouragement I started getting from my family, and then ultimately the encouragement I got from the rest of the guys in the band. Further out than that, letters from hundreds of thousands of people all over the planet. I was inspired. Then I discovered what I considered to be the strongest thing there is, and that is the human spirit. I think once you tap into that, you're pretty much unstoppable."

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