Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, also known as ‘The Thunder God,’ spoke in a recent interview with Modern Drummer and remembered the day when he lost his left arm due to the accident.

As you might already know, Rick Allen lost his control over his Corvette C4 while trying to pass another carr and crushed into the dry stone wall. He wasn’t put the safety belt properly and caused him to throw from the car and lost his left arm. Even though doctors reattached the arm, they had to be re-amputated due to the infection.

In the conversation, Rick recalled the time when he woke up in the hospital and said that he wanted to disappear and didn’t want to make music again after realizing what happened. However, some of the things changed this decision of Rick.

According to his statement in the interview, Rick got encouragement from everyone like his family, band members, the fans from the whole world. Because of that, he found the power of the human spirit and got up to make music again, thanks to his dear fans, family, and friends.

Here is what Rick Allen said:

“I remember coming around in the hospital and then realizing what had happened to me after the accident, and honestly, I wanted to disappear.

I didn’t wanna do this anymore. And then I started getting these letters from all over the world… I got encouragement from everywhere — from my family, from the guys [in the band], from people all over the world.

And I don’t know what happened, but I discovered the power of the human spirit and just said, ‘You know what? I can do this.’ It was really a collective thing. It was all this encouragement I was getting from other people, and then it just manifested in wanting to succeed. And that’s exactly where it came from.”

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