Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Remembers The Day He Lost His Arm: ‘I Did Not Wanna Do Music Anymore’

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen opened up about the time when his left arm amputated back in 1984 after a car crash and admitted that he wanted to quit everything and disappear, however, managed to gain his confidence back thanks to his bandmates, family, and fans.

As many of you may remember, Rick Allen was involved in a car crash on December 31, 1984, which caused him to hit a drystone wall, ultimately he was thrown from the car causing his left arm to be severed. Doctors initially reattached Allen’s arm, however, it had to be re-amputated due to an infection.

Despite the fact that he lost his left arm, Rick Allen managed to continue playing drums with Def Leppard thanks to a specially designed electronic drum kit. Allen eventually returned to live drumming at the Monsters of Rock festival back on August 16, 1986.

During a recent interview with Antihero, Rick Allen opened up about those hard times and revealed that he wanted to disappear after realizing what had happened to him which included quitting music. Nevertheless, thanks to fans from all around the world who poured letters to Allen encouraged him to continue.

In addition to fans, both his family and his fellow band members also gave Allen the courage to do what he does the best, playing drums, which ultimately led Rick Allen to got back to Def Leppard and play drums.

Here is what Allen said:

“I remember coming around in the hospital and then realizing what had happened to me after the accident, and honestly, I wanted to disappear. I didn’t wanna do this anymore. And then I started getting these letters from all over the world… I got encouragement from everywhere — from my family, from the guys, from people all over the world. And I don’t know what happened, but I discovered the power of the human spirit and just said, ‘You know what? I can do this.’ It was really a collective thing. It was all this encouragement I was getting from other people, and then it just manifested in wanting to succeed. And that’s exactly where it came from.”

Rick Allen also opened up about the support he received from his bandmates in Def Leppard who stuck by him through his recovery and waited patiently for his return until Allen had the strength and the time he needed to find himself.

Here is what Rick said:

“They left the decision to me, whether I wanted to go on or not, and they gave me time to grow and develop, really, a whole new style, and that’s all I needed — I just needed the time. I needed the time to build my confidence and realize that I could do it. Nobody ever said, ‘Well, you have to make a decision now.’ I think that was the most important thing — just that time that they gave me just to find myself.”

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