The last day of the year, 1984. Twenty-one-year-old Rick Allen became enraged when passed by an Alfa Romeo on a small English road. In a reckless attempt to overtake the driver, he lost control of his car, missed a curve and was thrown from the vehicle as it sailed over a stone wall into a field.
The accident cost him his left arm.
Tragic for anyoneâ€”it was especially devastating for Rick: the drummer for Def Leppard, whose â€™83 album Pyromania had made the band a household name.
In a moment Rickâ€™s world had changed.
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Battling depression, Rick Allen fought back. With the help of friends and experts he built a drum set he could play with his remaining right arm and feet (yes, feet)â€”and the bandâ€™s next album sold over 20 million copies, doubling the success of Pyromania.
â€œI wouldn’t be the person I am today, I wouldn’t be where I am now and I may not even have been here if it wasn’t for the accident.â€ – Rick Allen
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