Def Leppard’s Rick Allen On Surviving The Trauma

Suffering trauma after a car accident is a real and serious condition that can prevent the survivors from engaging in daily life activities. Rick Allen of Def Leppard also went through a near-fatal accident nearly four decades ago, severely damaging his body and mental health. However, the drummer managed to hold on to life and used his passion for music as a healing source. In a recent exclusive interview with Page Six, Allen opened up about the positive impact of drumming in his recovery period.

In December 1984, Rick Allen lost control of his Corvette when he attempted to pass another car at high speed. The drummer, who was then 21 years old, lost his left arm in the tragic accident. While it would have ended most musicians’ careers, Allen returned to the stage in mid-1986 as he taught himself how to drum with one arm and continued serving as Def Leppard’s drummer.

“The first thing any of us ever hears is our mother’s heartbeat,” said Rick Allen to explain the theory behind using music to cope with a traumatic incident. “So we’re rhythmic beings; it’s just a very ancient form; it immediately taps into healing.

He continued, “It helps with the brain, it helps with the nervous system, and it slows down the respiratory system; it’s something that is beneficial on many, many levels.” Thus, feeling the rhythm again while drumming helped Allen recover his physical and mental health more quickly.

It has been just two months since Def Leppard wrapped up their co-headlining Stadium Tour, but Rick Allen didn’t take a long break from the road. The drummer is currently touring the United States with his wife, Lauren Monroe. He is scheduled to perform in Boston on November 13.