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Def Leppard Band Member - Rick Allen

drums since 1978

A section for Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen with details of all releases and tours played on and personal information.

Def Leppard Rick Allen.

rick allen 1978 to Present

  • Instrument - Drums/Backing Vocals.
  • Joined Band - 27th November 1978.
Main Information
  • Full Name - Richard John Cyril Allen.
  • Birth Date - Friday, 2nd December 1960.
  • Birth Location - Dronfield, Derbyshire, England.
  • Nicknames - The Thundergod/Bushead
  • Previous Bands - Grad.
  • Previous Bands - Smokey Blue.
  • Previous Bands - Rampant.
  • Previous Bands - The Johnny Kalendar Band.
  • Lives In - California.
  • Father - Geoffrey Allen (3rd September 2012 aged 74).
  • Mother - Kathleen Glenda Allen (formerly Moore)/(now remarried as Daly).
  • Brother - Robert Allen (ex-DL/Tim McGraw tour manager. Current manager of Taylor Swift).
  • Wife - Lauren Monroe (married 10th October 2003).
  • Ex-Wife - Stacy Gilbert 1991-2000 (married 29th September 1991).
  • Children - Lauren Shane (Daughter - 20th May 1998 w/ ex-wife).
  • Children - Josefine (Daughter - 1st December 2010 w/ current wife).
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band member - information

Rick was born in Derbyshire, England and began drumming in his parents house as a toddler using a biscuit tin.
His first drum kit was bought for £60 at age 11 and he played with local bands.
He met the other members of Def Leppard and joined the band in November 1978.
Having seen an article called 'Leopard Loses Skins' in a local newspaper.

Rick Allen (2018)

"I was so fortunate I was one of those kids, I came straight out of school. And obviously my parents, they didn't think I was gonna be a brain surgeon."
"They said let him go, let him follow his dreams. And that's exactly what I did, I got a private tutor."
"And I ended up staying with Def Leppard. It's one of those success stories."

Car Accident

Rick lost his left arm in a car crash on 31st December 1984 while driving back to Sheffield on the A57 road.
He recovered, re-learnt to play drums using an electronic kit and continues to play for the band to this day.

Rick Allen (On the accident - 2018)

"At first it was, when I finally came round, it was terrible and it was horrible. I thought it was all over."

"But I discovered the strength of the human spirit. With the help of family and friends and band mates and the guys in the band I got back into it."

releases featured on

tours played on

  • All tours since December 1978.

releases featured on

  • All since Wasted (1979)

instruments played

  • Drums.
  • Backing Vocals.
  • Lead Vocals (2015).

other bands/projects

  • Lauren Monroe - 2001 to present.
  • Ampage/Mark Mason Project - 2001/2007.

rick allen - latest news

Def Leppard News
31st december 2018

DEF LEPPARD And RICK ALLEN Recall His 1984 Car Accident (Videos)

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash 34 years ago today and band quotes about the day are available to read.

Def Leppard News
31st december 2018

The Story Of DEF LEPPARD Drummer RICK ALLEN's 1984 Car Accident

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash 34 years ago today in Sheffield, England on New Year's Eve 1984.

Def Leppard News
23rd december 2018

40 Years Ago RICK ALLEN Plays Second Show With DEF LEPPARD

Def Leppard played an early show in Grantham, England on 23rd December 1978 which was Rick Allen's second with the band.

tours played on

Summer Tour 2017
Def Leppard Tour - 2018

World Tour 2018

84 Shows played from March to December.

Summer Tour 2017
Def Leppard Tour - 2017

Summer Tour 2017

46 Shows played from April to October.

Summer Tour 2016
Def Leppard Tour - 2016

Summer Tour 2016

59 Shows played from January to October.

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