Quite possibly THE best Rock & Roll Comeback Story ever!
Happy 53rd birthday to Rick Allen… the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard!
Rick lost his left arm in a terrible car crash on New Year’s Eve 1984… they tried to re-attach it, but an infection set in and they eventually had to amputate.
The guys in the band never gave up on him… encouraging Rick to figure out a way to continue with some drum kit set-up ideas… It was the drummer for the band “Status Quo”, Jeff Rich who designed the first special drum set that gave Rick the ability to use a “pedal-snare”… After a year of practice, Rick made his triumphant return at the 1986 “Monsters of Rock” concert festival at Castle Donington in England…
He wasn’t sure the fans would support him… but was he in for a surprise when over 100-thousand fans erupted when he first hit the stage!