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35 Years Ago RICK ALLEN Plays First DEF LEPPARD Show With One Arm

Rick Allen 1986. Rick Allen 1986

Def Leppard played their first live show since Rick Allen's 1984 car accident in Cork, Ireland on this day in 1986.

The show took place at the small 1,000 capacity Connolly Hall in Cork on the banks of the River Lee. Only 200 fans attended the low key show which was the start of Rick's amazing live comeback just 18 months after he'd left hospital.

This was Rick Allen's first show back after the 31st December 1984 car accident that took his left arm. He played the first three songs - Stagefright, Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop) and Run Riot on his own. Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich joined him on his own acoustic kit for the rest of the show as back up.

The band had begun working with Mutt Lange again on the Hysteria album in early summer 1985 and by August 1986 they were ready to play a small warm up tour and a run of festival dates.

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