Don’t let anyone tell you magic doesn’t exist or that, ‘you will never be able to do something’. The Rick Allen story will prove them wrong. Using one of the greatest tonics known to mankind…music, this story proves that the show can go on.
“What are you doing for others?”
(Deaf in 1 ear)
Drummer in a rock band
with one arm
On December 31, 1984 Allen was involved in a street-
Allen thought that he could not continue drumming for Def Leppard and became very
depressed, so Def Leppard's lead singer, Joe Elliott, visited Allen in an attempt
to cheer him up. The band was on a break, so soon after, Allen met with some engineers
and started to design a drum set to assist Allen's drumming. He could still play
some drum rhythms with one hand and used his left foot (typically for hi-
The rest as they say is history
The courage and positivity Rick has shown is a beacon for all to see. The fact that people closest to him showed belief and unquestionable support, just goes to show what the human spirit can achieve.Rick is still playing at the time of writting this in 2013.
keep it going Rick and we will keep buying the albums.
It’s not just the famous who belong to this inexhaustible list of talent,
it’s also those playing in your local pubs and clubs (as pictured).
So why not check out the local gig guide and, support and appreciate the power of music and the human spirit.