Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Explains How Nirvana’s Nevermind Album Changed Music World

Def Leppard drummer, Rick Allen recalled the first time when he listened to Nirvana’s legendary album, ‘Nevermind,’ and talked about its effects on the music industry during his interview with Anne Erickson on Audio Ink Radio while promoting his latest artwork.

As you may know, along with his remarkable musical career in Def Leppard, Rick Allen was a very talented painter who has had three successful painting collections until now. His latest collection named ‘Wings of Hope 2021’ started to be displayed at Wentworth Galleries on  May 20, 2021. Each sale from his collection will be donated to Project Resiliency which is a foundation to help and support the war veterans.

In order to promotion of his latest collection, Rick Allen joined an interview during which he also shared his opinions about Nirvana’s iconic album, ‘Nevermind.’ It was the second studio album of Nirvana which was released on September 24, 1991. It gained popularity and commercial success by hitting number one on the US Billboard 200. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ became the most popular song of Nirvana.

In the album, the band combined pop riffs with dissonant guitar riffs and it became the milestone album for the grunge rock genre. Def Leppard drummer recalled these times saying that ‘Nevermind’ changed the music industry upside down and had a great influence on different rock bands. But, it was also a challenging process for them because Nirvana was bringing the basic raw material back. After that, Def Leppard was actually inspired by this style in their album ‘Slang.’

Here’s what Rick Allen said:

“It was akin to when I heard the Sex Pistols for the first time. It completely turned the music industry on its head. It had a great effect on the music industry for the most part but I think for a lot of bands, a lot of rock bands particularly, it was a real struggle.

Because it was just bringing that raw element back. The record we made after that, a record called the ‘Slang,’ was actually really paying homage to that moment in time.

We didn’t necessarily have all the big harmonies and everything, it was more stripped down and kind of sounded like we did when we first started out as kids.”

You can listen to the interview below.

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