On the New Year’s Eve 1984, drummer of Def Leppard, Rick Allen lost his left arm in the car crash. After 3 months, he overcame this accident and started to play with the band again.
During the interview with Louder Sound, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot remembered the time when he got the sad news about Rick Allen’s car crash and revealed how he reacted to that terrible accident.
Joe stated that he got a phone from Def Leppard manager Peter Mensch and learned the first details of that sad car crash.
Louder Sound asked:
“There is one strange similarity between your bands. On December 8, 1984, Mötley Crüe’s singer Vince Neil crashed his car while drunk, killing his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle. And 23 days later, on New Year’s Eve 1984, Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash. Looking back, how did you cope with such traumatic events?”
Joe Elliot said:
“I remember the phone call from our manager Peter Mensch. He said: “Are you sitting down?”. And having seen enough movies, I knew that you don’t say that unless somebody has died. But when he said: “Your drummer’s had a car crash and he’s lost his arm”, there’s no way for you to process that information. It doesn’t make any sense. I just burst into tears. I thought, for Rick, not being able to play the drums again was probably worse than death – he’s going to be this walking corpse that used to be a drummer.”
Joe Elliot added:
“But within about eight or nine days, he started telling us: ‘I think I’ve figured out a way around it.’ And of course, we all thought it was just the morphine talking. But he was back on a drum kit within three months. It was inspiring.”
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