December 20, 2011

Rick Allen Calls Of The Wind

Rick Allen joined Def Leppard after his mother saw their “drummer wanted” advertisement in the newspaper. Even though Rick was barely 15 at the time, Def Leppard was his fourth band already (preceded by Smokey Blue, Rampant and the Jonny Kalendar band). He lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, but this didn't stop him from being a drummer; with the help from a (semi-)electronic drum kit, Rick became "a better drummer than he was when he had two arms" (as said by
Joe Elliott).

A Interview by a high top website blog to Rick Allen, he answer the question with base to the goodness...
NC: Between '86 and now a lot of things have probably come full circle, a lot of things musically as far as where the band is culturally, what was it like for the band in the mid-'90s when your brand of metal music was considered out of fashion?

RA: Yeah, I mean we could have written our absolute best record and it wouldn't have made a blind bit of difference. We could've written Hysteria. It was just music was going through a change and it was fantastic in a way because we were all huge fans of where the music was going. It was akin to when we first started out and the whole punk scene was happening, we really appreciated it but the only problem was we kind of fell victim to the change, so less people were really interested in what we were doing, it was less relevant to a lot of people. Like you say, you have these 10-year cycles and then the whole notion of Def Leppard came around again. Sometimes I think people maybe didn't remember what wasn't very good about the '80s because people started coming back in droves. Now, for the last five or six years, I haven't been this busy in my entire career, it's like every single summer we're either in North America or we're doing world tours, literally going all over the globe. So, it's really back to stay, it feels really good.

Def Leppard's album Hysteria sold over 17 million copies, produced seven hit singles and brought worldwide superstardom to the band in 1987. Rick Allen was born 48 years ago, on November 1st 1963 in Dronfield (UK).