Rick Allen

Musician + Drummer
Born Nov 1, 1963

Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is the drummer for the English hard rock band Def Leppard. He is famous for overcoming the complete amputation of his left arm and continuing to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its greatest popular success worldwide. His fans now call him the "Thunder God".… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Allen.


1963 Birth Born on November 1, 1963.


1978 14 Years Old Later, on 1 November 1978, his fifteenth birthday, Allen joined the band.
1979 15 Years Old In 1979, he dropped out of school (other band members left their jobs around the same time) to concentrate on a career in music. … Read More


1984 20 Years Old On the unseasonably warm afternoon of 31 December 1984, Allen was involved in an automobile accident with his Dutch girlfriend Miriam Barendsen in the countryside a few kilometres west of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. … Read More
1986 22 Years Old Electronic drum manufacturer Simmons created a kit to their specifications, and Allen made his post-accident debut in 1986 with a well-received set at the "Monsters of Rock" festival at Castle Donington. … Read More
1991 27 Years Old Allen was married to his first wife Stacey from 1991 to 2000; they had a daughter in 1997.


1995 31 Years Old In 1995, Allen was arrested for spousal abuse.
1996 32 Years Old He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced on 6 August 1996 to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, sought counselling, and served 30 days on a graffiti-removal work crew. They divorced in 2000.
2003 39 Years Old Allen was married on 10 October 2003 to Lauren Monroe. On 1 December 2010, Monroe gave birth to a daughter.


2004 40 Years Old …  In November 2004, Allen collaborated with Krishna Das in the recording of a CD entitled All One.
2009 45 Years Old 1 More Event
On 16 October 2009, Yamaha announced the addition of Rick Allen to their artist roster. … Read More
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