Rick Allen
Rick Allen
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".
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Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen sells his offbeat spot in Calabasas
LATimes - 23 days
Hard rock drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard fame has sold his home in Calabasas for $1.645 million. The contemporary retreat, built in 1982, came up for sale last year at $1.888 million and was more recently listed at $1.795 million, records show. Allen bought the property nine years ago for $1.66...
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Life Crime Briefs for May 15
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
100 mph chase results in jail time A 46-year-old man was sentenced May 6 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. Rick Allen Austin, of St. Paul, was sentenced to 180 days in jail but given 75 days credit. He was also placed on three years probation. According to the criminal complaint, a Spring Lake Park police officer discovered that the vehicle Austin was driving had been reported as stolen out of Ramsey County. At 7:10 p.m. Dec. 13, 2014, the officer started following Austin as he drove south on Highway 65 into Fridley while he called other back-up. He activated his squad car lights and pulled the vehicle over near the intersection of Highway 65 and 63rd Avenue. Both the driver, later identified as Austin, and his passenger put up their hands. With the vehicle still running, Austin opened the driver’s door. When the officer asked him to shut off the vehicle and give him the keys and get out of the car, Austin slammed the car ...
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NBC Sports adds Rick Allen to NASCAR booth
Yahoo News - about 3 years
NBC Sports Group has named Rick Allen lead race announcer for its coverage of NASCAR. Allen will join driver Jeff Burton in the booth for coverage that begins in 2015. The third member of the broadcast ...
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NBC Sports adds Rick Allen to NASCAR booth
Yahoo News - about 3 years
LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBC Sports Group has named Rick Allen lead race announcer for its coverage of NASCAR.
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Let There Be Drums
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Born on this day 1 Nov in 1963, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, who had the 1987 worldwide No.1 album Hysteria, and the 1988 US No.1 single Love Bites. Allen lost his left arm in an accident after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 outside Sheffield in England in 1984. The day that changed Allen's life forever happened on 31 December 1984 when the drummer was involved in a tragic accident. Formed in Sheffield in 1977, Def Leppard had enjoyed their best year ever. The group's latest album Pyromania had turned Def Leppard into a household name. They were all over MTV, both UK and US audiences loved them, they were at the forefront of a new wave of heavy metal/rock groups -- Def Leppard were now living the dream - they were rock stars. Def Leppard the definitive hard rock band of the '80s. Rick's idols were Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Thin Lizzy's Brian Downey, and Queen's Roger Taylor. Shortly after turning 15, Allen's mother spotted an ad in a local newspaper for a group ...
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Def Leppard Talks Guitarist's Cancer, Concert Film And New Music
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rocking with Def Leppard between bouts of chemotherapy proved healing for guitarist Vivian Campbell. The 51-year-old musician relied on his bandmates and the thrill of performing to help him through a diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma (he started treatment in April). The band hit the road this summer for a monthlong tour that wrapped in July. "We've actually been able to work through it," said Campbell. "We did the shows in Europe while I was doing chemo ... and mentally that was a big part of my recovery." "I'm glad I had the opportunity to work through it instead of stay at home and feel sorry for myself," he added. After more than 30 years together, Def Leppard isn't slowing down for cancer — or anything else. Fans can get a front-row seat to see the band at local cineplexes on Wednesday and again next week in "Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert." Filmed during a Las Vegas residency earlier this year, it shows the quintet doing something unprece ...
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Here's What Waiting To Buy A Home Could Cost You
Business Insider - over 3 years
At the end of June, mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 4.5 percent, up from 3.9 percent on June 1 -- and a notable jump from the historically low 3.35 percent monthly average rate toward the end of 2012. However, while higher rates do mean an increase in monthly mortgage payments, experts are urging potential home buyers not to resign themselves to renting for the next few years just yet -- it's still a good time to buy a home. These moderate increases in payments may still be manageable, particularly if buyers look at less expensive properties, or negotiate a lower price. For example, the difference in monthly payments for a $200,000 home at 3.9 percent and one at 4.5 percent is just $70.03. If budgeted correctly, this could be a manageable expense. Rick Allen, chief operating officer of Mortgage Marvel, is one expert who says now is still the time to buy a house. His platform records online mortgage loan applications, about a million transactions a ye ...
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Regina Weinreich: Blackfish: Rooting for Killer Whales and Killer Kids in Lost for Life
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's not likely you'll want to take your kids to SeaWorld after seeing Blackfish, a riveting documentary expose starring former trainers of orca whales, taken from the wild. It is hard to get warm and fuzzy over fish that weigh a few thousand pounds each, no matter how many times they leap to the ball or roll over on command, but once you see the pups separated from their mothers, or hear the sound they make when they grieve, this movie has you by the heartstrings. At a dinner at Circo on Wednesday night, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite explained how she got interested in this subject: a mom who took her kids to SeaWorld, she thought, this is fun for the kids, but what is wrong with this picture? And then in 2010, when a trainer was killed by one of the whales in captivity, an attack that was covered up, the victim, a seasoned and beloved trainer blamed for wearing a ponytail, she decided to investigate this world where highly evolved animals are kidnapped from their natur ...
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SnagFilms: Young Voters Reminded of Issues at Home One Week Before Election
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Sonia Nassery Cole With so much of the presidential campaign centered on how to prevent attacks from oversees, violence in our own inner cities remains a topic often neglected by politicians on the national stage. One week before the presidential election, SnagFilms will offer a free online screening and discussion of a film that reminds us that the gun and gang-related violence demands immediate action. On Thursday, November 1st, Steve James' (Director of Hoop Dreams) The Interrupters will be presented as the sixth and final digital premiere of the Snag the Vote series. The film tells the inspiring story of a team of "violence interrupters" who work for CeaseFire, an innovative organization that takes on Chicago's ruthless streets. Chicago has already equaled last year's homicide total at 435 murders, and with new incidents of gun violence occurring nearly every weekend. The Interrupters merits a national audience and a place in the presidential election dialogue. ...
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Results tight in Georgia's Republican congressional runoff
Reuters.com - over 4 years
ATLANTA (Reuters) - State Representative Lee Anderson held a narrow lead over businessman Rick Allen in a Republican runoff on Tuesday night in Georgia's 12th Congressional District to decide who will vie for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November.
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Maria Sheffield endorses Lee Anderson in 12th District race; rival says there was a price tag
ajc - over 4 years
We have some blood-letting in the Republican race in the 12th District fight to face down U.S. Rep. John Barrow. This afternoon, Maria Sheffield, who polled last in Tuesday’s vote but did well in rural portions of the district, endorsed state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown in the Aug. 21 runoff against Augusta businessman Rick Allen. From the press release, quoting Sheffield: “The number one industry in GA 12 is agriculture. I have confidence Lee Anderson will represent our family farms in a manner which will get the EPA and its unnecessary and burdensome regulations off their farms and allow our farmers to do what they do best – grow food and feed people. “I have had the chance to see that Lee Anderson is pro-life, and like me, deeply committed to proclaiming the Christian Faith. I am impressed that Lee Anderson is unapologetic in standing for and pro-actively proclaiming that Christians have both a right and responsibility to be engaged in government and public …
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Def Leppard talks ‘Rock of Ages’ – the song and movie
ajc - over 4 years
Def Leppard (l-r) Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen are taking advantage of the "Rock of Ages" connections. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP So “Rock of Ages” wasn’t quite the blockbuster some had hoped. But despite its lackluster box office showing – it made just under $20 million its first five days and has a long way to go to recoup its $75 million production budget – the movie boosted the profile of Def Leppard. Along with sharing a title with the band’s song from its 1983 “Pyromania” album, the film resurrected the profile of the English quintet (though guitarist Vivian Campbell is an Irishman) among those who hadn’t given Def Leppard much thought in recent years. The band even took the opportunity to re-record two of its hits, “Rock of Ages” and the strip-club anthem “Pour Some Sugar on Me” for the soundtrack and made them available on digital platforms – a first for them. The added publicity certainly won’t hurt ticket sales, as De ...
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Def Leppard talk hair metal, Rock of Ages and Tom Cruise
Ciniplex - over 4 years
Def Leppard has no shame. When it comes to riding the fur-covered, animal print-lined coattails of Rock of Ages, the big-screen musical opening Friday about love and hair bands in the 1980s, the group isn't shying away from commandeering some of the film's spotlight to remind everyone they're still around, and they're still rockin'. Rock of Ages was, after all, the title of a Def Leppard hit long before it was a Broadway musical. The British band - lead singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell - re-recorded two of their songs that appear in the film, and they're teaming up with Poison and Lita Ford for a summer tour kicking off June 20 in Salt Lake City. "The movie helps a lot without the momentum of something like a new album," said Elliott during a break from rehearsing for the tour, which they're not-so-subtly calling the "Rock of Ages" tour. In the movie, Tom Cruise's out-there rocker Stacee Jaxx performs a ...
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U.S. could lose aging eyes in sky
CNN - almost 5 years
About every two weeks, Rick Allen gets a series of thermal snapshots from high above Earth that show how water gets used across the western United States, a perennial source of friction in the largely arid region.
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The Deceptiveness Of Albert Pujols' Home Run
Baseball Nation - almost 5 years
Some time ago, Albert Pujols finally hit his first home run as an Angel. "Pujols is back!" they said. No, he's not. Last Sunday morning, there were jokes. "Dee Gordon has more home runs than Albert Pujols!" "Chone Figgins has more home runs than Albert Pujols!" "Rick Allen has more arms than Albert Pujols has home runs!" Last Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Angels' big investment was sitting on zero home runs for the season, and people were very well aware. It was quite the drought. It was Pujols' longest drought. Last Sunday afternoon, the jokes stopped. In the bottom of the fifth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Pujols stepped in against Drew Hutchison and ripped a 2-and-2 offspeed pitch over the left-field fence. Pujols finally had his first dinger, and he returned to an empty dugout, his teammates playing a friendly prank. When the players returned, there were smiles and slaps and various other celebratory touchings. Pujols received a rousing ovation ...
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Gas drilling job-training programs pop up in NY
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
(04-28) 08:43 PDT Binghamton, N.Y. (AP) -- Rick Allen moved to upstate New York to escape the rat race and tension of Washington, D.C., but when he arrived in his hometown, the 49-year-old electronics technician couldn'...
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TIAM: Our Bats Are In Trouble, Dieting Troubles & Def Leppard’s Rick Allen
CBS St. Louis - almost 5 years
Bat expert Rob Mies spoke with us about White-Nose Syndrome and how it’s killing our nation’s bats at a terrible rate.  He’ll be at Onondaga Cave State Park this Friday and Saturday for a bat festival. Total Information AM How’s that diet working for you?  Not so good?  Dr. Joe Primrose has 7 reasons why you may be struggling. Total Information AM Def Leppard is coming to town this fall and we had the chance to chat with the group’s Rick Allen.  Not only has he been with the band since he was 15 he’s branched out into the world of art and formed a charity as well. Total Information AM      
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In Tune: Def Leppard, OK Go and the Muppets, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson - The Epoch Times
Google News - over 5 years
(LR) Musicians Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard attend the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville,
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Individuals, groups go online to review restaurants - Ocala
Google News - over 5 years
Looking for the best hamburger in the area? You might want to ask Sean Garrity, or any other of his buds in his Gainesville Burger Club. For several months now, he and his wife, Jen, and a handful of friends have been dropping in on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Allen
    FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 45
    Allen described the foundations involvement with Camp Kilpatrick in 2009:
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    On 16 October 2009, Yamaha announced the addition of Rick Allen to their artist roster.
    More Details Hide Details Allen plays Yamaha Oak Custom drums with a matching subkick. Along with Yamaha Oak Custom drums, Rick also uses Remo drumheads (usually he has coated ambassadors on his drums and a clear powerstroke 3 on his bass drum), Zildjian cymbals (mostly K customs and A customs), his own Easton Ahead signature drumsticks, and a LP rock cowbell for Rock of Ages. Rick Allen and his wife Lauren Monroe are the co-founders of The Raven Drum Foundation, a charity located in Malibu, California, with a mission to serve, educate, and empower veterans and people in crisis. The Raven Drum Foundation commonly works to help individuals and communities in crisis through healing arts programs, drum circle events, and collaborative partnerships.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    In November 2004, Allen collaborated with Krishna Das in the recording of a CD entitled All One.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 39
    Allen was married on 10 October 2003 to Lauren Monroe. On 1 December 2010, Monroe gave birth to a daughter.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 31
    In 1995, Allen was arrested for spousal abuse.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 27
    Allen was married to his first wife Stacey from 1991 to 2000; they had a daughter in 1997.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Allen has used custom-manufactured cable routing by Whirlwind. He uses four electronic pedals for his left foot to play the pieces he used to play with his left arm, which from left to right trigger sounds of a closing hi-hat, bass drum, snare drum, and a tom drum. He is ranked No. 7 on the UK website Gigwise in the The Greatest Drummers of All Time list.
  • 1984
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While trying to pass another car at a high speed, he lost control of his Corvette C4, which hit a dry stone wall and entered a field. He was thrown from the car because his seatbelt had been improperly fastened, causing his left arm to be severed, while his girlfriend only suffered some bruising. Doctors initially reattached Allen's arm, but because of an infection, it had to be re-amputated. His right shoulder was also severely broken in the accident. Allen initially had doubts about continuing his performances with the band, but was encouraged by the band to continue. Allen, along with a few engineers, later started to design a drum set to assist Allen's drumming. At the time, he was still able to play some drum rhythms with one hand and use his left leg, typically for hi-hat pedals in common drum kits, to play the snare drum. Then-Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich helped and encouraged Allen during his convalescence, and designed an electronic kit Allen could play using only one arm. The Ludwig acoustic drum kit he used on earlier albums High 'n' Dry and Pyromania was later given away by Def Leppard's one-time management.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 15
    In 1979, he dropped out of school (other band members left their jobs around the same time) to concentrate on a career in music.
    More Details Hide Details In September 1979, they opened for Sammy Hagar at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Subsequently, Def Leppard played shows as a support act for AC/DC during October and November 1979. Allen celebrated his 16th birthday with a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon. On 14 March 1980, the band released their first album, On Through the Night. Since their first album, Allen still continues to record and tour with the band.
  • 1978
    Age 14
    Later, on 1 November 1978, his fifteenth birthday, Allen joined the band.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on November 1, 1963.
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