Def Leppard drummer and painter, Rick Allen, recently posted a photo of his most recent artwork on his Instagram account and revealed that he’s working on a new piece which he will add to his ‘Legends‘ of music collection.
Rick Allen is probably one of the most famous and well-appreciated drummers of all time. He started playing drums when he was 10 years old and in 1978 at the age of 15, he auditioned and was hired as the drummer of Def Leppard. The band’s fame started increasing after their first two releases in 1980 and they were considered to be the pioneers of the New Wave of the British heavy metal movement.
As you may recall, in 1984 Allen survived a terrible car accident on New Year’s Eve during which his left arm was severed. However, this didn’t stop neither Allen nor his bandmates from trying to find a way to make it work for him. He construced a specially-designed electic drum set that was partially controlled by his feet which enabled him to continue doing what he loved the most.
Aside from his love for drums, Rick Allen has another talent that he discovered at an early age, which is painting. In the past years he has been doing paintings of famous music icons such as his late bandmate Steve Clark, Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and more, which have been exhibited in Wentworth Gallery.
With his recent Instagram post he revealed that he has started working on a new artpiece in honor of the late guitar legend and cancer warrior, Eddie Van Halen. As you know, Eddie Van Halen passed away in October 6, 2020, after battling cancer for over five years and his death was mourned by numerous artists and millions of fans.
Rick Allen decided to pay tribute to the iconic guitarist by creating a portrait of him and addding him to his ‘Legends‘ series. He said that the painting is still a work in progress but it seems like he was so excited about his new artwork that he just couldn’t keep it to himself anymore. Thousands of people liked his post and applauded him for finding such a meaningful way to pay tribute to the late legend.
Here’s what Allen said in the caption of his recent post:
“Legend… work in progress.”
Click here to check out the portrait of Eddie Van Halen made by Rick Allen.