Def Leppard's Rick Allen Reflects On His Comeback From Arm Loss
The sticksman's return took place at Monsters Of Rock in 1986, a year and a half after the near-fatal accident he was convinced had ended his career. Allen tells MusicRadar:
"Donington is a crossroads in my life. That was where it all changed for me. It was really scary; I didn't think I could pull it off. But to feel the warmth of a crowd like that - just feeling the sense that they wanted me to succeed and feeling that encouragement - was just incredible. What a moment."
The 1984 crash pushed Def Leppard to breaking point, forcing a long delay before the launch of career-defining album Hysteria. Allen was only able to play again after a period of intense recovery sessions and the building of a unique drumkit on which foot pedals replaced the parts he used to play with his arm.
He remembers: "It took years and years to make the damned thing. Then me going through my trials and tribulations set the whole thing back even further. It felt like a huge task at that moment in time. I guess I felt somewhat overwhelmed at the prospect of having to do all of these songs." More on this story.
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