The official Instagram page of the British hard rock band Def Leppard announced that Rick Allen has been voted as the best rock drummer of the year, surpassing some of the greatest musicians like Queen’s Roger Taylor, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl.
The famous music site, Music Radar, has wrapped up the whole year by releasing the best of 2020 on the eve of 2021. The site asked its readers to vote for their favorite drummers and came up with the top ten list lately.
The phenomenal drummer of Def Leppard, Rick Allen, who has lost one of his arms in a terrible car crash on 31 December 1984, took the lead in the list. He was followed by Volbear’s Jon Larsen, and the 5 Seconds of Summer drummer, Ashton Irwin.
The list of ‘Best Rock Drummer In The World‘ also included the most iconic names of the industry, Roger Taylor, who was chosen as the sixth-best drummer, and Tommy Lee right after Queen drummer.
As you may recall, Rick Allen was involved in a car crash 36 years ago which left him with one arm. As trying to pass another car at a high speed, Allen lost control of his Corvette C4 and was thrown from the car since he didn’t fasten his safety belt properly.
Since then, the drummer had relearned how to play drums with the help of the drum manufacturer Simmons who provided Allen with special equipment. In one of his latest interviews, Rick talked about the terrible accident and admitted that he wanted to disappear realizing what had happened to him.
Yet, the immense support from the fans all around the world, from his family, friends, and bandmates, gave him more than enough courage to keep going, he said. Allen described his healing process as a collective success.
Here’s what was said in the latest Instagram post of Def Leppard:
“Thank you 🙏 for voting for Rick Allen as Music Radar’s best rock drummer of the year! Congratulations, Rick! 🤘”
The list of Music Radar goes as:
- Rick Allen
- Jon Larsen
- Ashton Irwin
- Scott Phillips
- Simon Phillips
- Roger Taylor
- Tommy Lee
- Travis Barker
- Dave Grohl
- Phil Rudd
You can see the post below and check out the list here.