Drummer Rick Allen, who lost his left arm in an accident, turns to painting | Nightline

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Allen, a member of the band Def Leppard, used painting to help heal from personal pain caused by an accident that left him disabled. He works with the Wounded Warrior Project to help others like him.



  • Cool to know they was able to modify or fix drumset so he was still able to play and help make some good music overtime.

    tyrone btyrone bVor 7 Tage
  • When I found out about Rick's accident I thought his career was over. And I thank God it wasn't over. What a hell of a man he is. Keep playing Def-Leppard and I will keep listening and buying. I love me some Def-Leppard ❤. What a wonderful and kind man to think of others also.

  • Rockers share their happiness openly with anyone and everyone! Rick Allen is a Rocker!

    Ronald PlummerRonald PlummerVor 17 Tage
  • Nothing beats the drumming on the first two albums.

    Alex AponteAlex AponteVor 17 Tage
  • God bless you

    shelly ellyshelly ellyVor 18 Tage
  • I absolutely love Rick he is a great guy and an inspiration to everyone not only people with disabilities! He inspires me everyday!

    Glock 1Glock 1Vor 19 Tage
  • ❤😎🤟🏾 Rock On

    Sier GittSier GittVor 20 Tage
  • Absolutely stunning artwork! And gotta ❤️ a man who’s not afraid of showing his emotions. How wonderful that Rick is also so humble and gives back. He and DL rock! 🤘

    Mindfully MellowMindfully MellowVor 20 Tage
  • Rick I am a Sheffield lass too ... I have always admired you. Sheffield Salutes you Sir. X

    Colleen JohnsonColleen JohnsonVor 21 Tag
  • He has talent

    John ValdezJohn ValdezVor 21 Tag
  • Also his artwork is absolutely breathtaking!

    KKVor 21 Tag
  • Such an inspiration! 💙💙💙

    KKVor 21 Tag
  • Saw them in casper, Wyoming on aug 8 1983. They were awesome !

    Robert SmithRobert SmithVor 21 Tag
  • My BFF and I were backstage in Mountain View, CA in Aug of 1988 watching Europe, who was opening for Lep, from the side of the stage. Rick came over, squeezed in between us, and began air drumming using his one arm and both feet. It was awesome. As a huge Lep fan since I was a kid, I’ve met him many times over the years and he’s been genuine and warm each and every time.

    Toni-Ann MyersToni-Ann MyersVor 21 Tag
  • When he lost that arm in that horrible accident he plays in halftime now

    RC Jr.RC Jr.Vor 21 Tag
  • Always loved Def Leppard but Rick had me at 'Wounded Warriors' supporter. I can't believe these guys didn't get into the hall of fall until 2019.

    The Bewitching HourThe Bewitching HourVor 22 Tage
  • So awesome! Forever a fan !! 💕

    Donna PetersonDonna PetersonVor 22 Tage
  • The thunder God.

    Fred LandryFred LandryVor 22 Tage
  • Nice, I do miss Steve though.

  • LOVE his paintings. Blessings ✨🙏💞🙏✨

    Tracy TrunnTracy TrunnVor 22 Tage
  • He's amazing 💜💜💜💜 and handsome.

    BrendaartgirlBrendaartgirlVor 22 Tage
  • Love him! What a sweet, giving soul!

    Ostomy Tips w/KarahOstomy Tips w/KarahVor 22 Tage
  • Well I’m impressed! I do my art to deal with depression after my son was shot in the face and killed. What a great couple!

    Loretta BrailLoretta BrailVor 22 Tage
  • Pray all seek and surrender their lives to Jesus our King and obey ALL 10 commandments out of love. Yes even His 4th commandment people. It's not a suggestion. It's a command from God.

    Michael LundquistMichael LundquistVor 22 Tage
  • Very inspirational indeed 🇬🇧🔥🇬🇧 love from a fellow Yorkshireman ❤️

    Vice SquadVice SquadVor 22 Tage
  • That is a fantastic painting of Prince love it

    Jenn TJenn TVor 22 Tage
  • Oh my! What an incredibly talented man. ✌

    Magenta DreamsMagenta DreamsVor 22 Tage
  • I never liked Def Leppard but you have to have respect, 1: for Rick not giving up and doing the impossible and 2: for Def Leppard not firing him and sticking by his side. One of the best rock stories of all time.

    Americana GothicAmericana GothicVor 22 Tage
  • Let’s go Brandon

    David KniznerDavid KniznerVor 23 Tage
  • Such a loving kind man 💜

    Tattooist Talina AngelinaTattooist Talina AngelinaVor 23 Tage
  • Survivors often become influencers, mentors, stronger for what they survived. GOD BLESS!

    katherine owiankatherine owianVor 23 Tage
  • Always loved him even though never seen his interview before

    Sol TiSol TiVor 23 Tage
  • As a veteran with ptsd myself, I say this: you are more of an inspiration to us than you will ever know. Thank you for what you do with the Wounded Warrior Project. You’re a Godsend to us all!

    Wil CarreroWil CarreroVor 23 Tage
  • What a nice man! And I love triumph of the human spirit story’s. They have always been one of my fav bands ♥️♥️♥️

    darcia senftdarcia senftVor 23 Tage
  • Tons of respect for the band, even more for Rick. Humbling to see such grace under pressure. God bless.

    J AJ AVor 23 Tage
  • What a Great Man !! With the Strength i can't even begin to imagine......

    Kent BeeryKent BeeryVor 23 Tage
  • Love def leppard and their music would love to see them in concert again last time I was 12

    Mickey PrestonMickey PrestonVor 23 Tage
  • Have been a Def Lep fan for almost 35 years. This is really awesome to hear! I had no idea Rick was so freaking talented! The prince portraits are ASTOUNDING! I always used to vote for Rick in the "Most underrated" cartegory in the Circus magazine Musician of the year contests. IDR if he ever won. Shame on all of you who never voted for Rick! Rick Allen is DA MAN! lol

    KristinapediaKristinapediaVor 23 Tage
  • God Bless you Rick Allen

    Fast EddieFast EddieVor 23 Tage
  • Dr FAUCI is a Mass Murderer! Proof! The standard of care directed by Dr Fauci for all US hospitals is Remdesivir-main side effect is kidney failure then your lungs fill with fluid! ! Then they stick you on a respirator for a few days till you die and the hospital collects it’s 80,000 fee! Dr FAUCI knew before this pandemic hit just how deadly remdesivir is! That’s why he mandated it as the standard of care to increase the death rate in the beginning of the pandemic to create fear and push for their experimental clot shots that he owns stock in! The experimental vaccines are causing medically induced disease!!! Micro clots- permanently damage blood vessels throughout your body resulting in hypertension of the lungs and right sided heart damage within 3 years.! Moderna has around 40 trillion messenger rna per dose! A elevated A Ddimer test within 2 weeks of the clot shot has shown 62% of those who have taken the clot shot have elevated levels! FDA’s list of possible adverse reactions that are NOT published with the jab inserts on purpose to deceive citizens into getting the clot shots! Guillain barre syndrome! Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis Transverse myelitis Encephalitis/myelitis encephalomyelitis meningoencephalitis Meningitis Encephalopathy Convulsions/seizures Stroke Narcolepsy/cataplexy Anaphylaxis Acute myocardial infarction Myocarditis/pericarditis Autoimmune disease Death Miscarriages/birth defects Other acute demyelinating diseases Non anaphylactic allergic reactions Thrombocytopenia Disseminated intravascular coagulation (blood clots) Venous thromboembolism Arthritis and joint pain Kawasaki disease Multi symptom inflammatory syndrome in children! organ inflammation-Listed as a New child hood disease in 2020 caused by the experimental clot shots!!!!!!! Mis-c multi system inflammatory in children. Over 4200 already reported in the CDC’s web site! iconnectfx.com/view/11d81d4f-2b2e-ec11-9969-0050568299de?mcvalc=en This was planned all along! These experimental genetic altering shots are laced with HIV that will give you AIDS!, thanks to Dr FAUCI! The Ebola trials conducted in the Congo of Africa for the ethicacy of Remdesivir ended up being stopped just after 6 months because Remdesivir was causing kidney failure , fluid in the lungs and death! So why did FAUCI make Remdesivir the standard of care for covid in hospitals nation wide????? Doctor death! WARNING! 16,000 dead and 250 thousand adverse reactions from the experimental coviid jabs just in the US!!!!!! In the 70’s swine flu vaccines killed 24 people and they shut down the experiment!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These SOB needs to be tried for violations of the Nuremberg codes!!!!!!!!! 12/20/2019 congress changed a law concerning vaccines! this became law, NO: 116-94. Predates covid19 and predates the vaccines! Chemically synthesized polypeptide (spike protein) was added to the definition of a vaccine by congress prior to the pandemic! On ph. 595 of a 716 page document, HR 1865 also look at pg’s 748-749. In September 2021 the CDC allso changes the definition of a vaccine to state it doesn’t have to prevent illness or stop it’s spread!

    Rock StoddardRock StoddardVor 23 Tage

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  • Good lord, it's Regis Philbin!

    John RogersJohn RogersVor 23 Tage
  • Love the band and loved this man so much.and a very man

    Patrice ThessPatrice ThessVor 23 Tage
  • When he says it became a blessing I understand that I'm disabled and I've also been mentally physically and sexually abused growing up I sometimes wish that part didn't happen to me but here's the thing I have helped so many people with their disabilities and I have helped so many people who have been through what I've been through growing up I made sure to never let my past get in the way of my future I didn't turn out like my parents I turned out to be a good person despite what I went through and I have overcome it all and I am a wonderful mother and I have wonderful children who have never known any hurt when it comes to their parents you don't have to let your past Define you you don't have to be a victim or stay a victim you can become a strong Survivor as show people that you can overcome anything keep the faith and keep strong thank you Rick for making that point...

    Joy WalkerJoy WalkerVor 23 Tage
  • He's one hell of a musician they all are but one of the things they forgot to say is they actually put his arm back on and he had it on for a while and then he got a massive infection and they had to take it back off and it was absolutely devastating for him because he didn't just lose his arm once he lost it twice y'all really should have added that in there because it was excruciating for him to have to lose his arm twice nothing but respect for this great musician and artist...

    Joy WalkerJoy WalkerVor 23 Tage
  • Good guy.

    Steve McFarlandSteve McFarlandVor 23 Tage
  • 💜🌼

    Priscilla WagnerPriscilla WagnerVor 23 Tage
  • I met Rick Allen a couple of years ago. What really impressed me about him was that he was so nice and that he wanted to talk to me about my life. Every time he was in my store he stopped by to hi to me and I can say I can call him a friend

    Larry DilleyLarry DilleyVor 23 Tage

      KristinapediaKristinapediaVor 23 Tage
  • What pandemic?

    LETS GO BRANDON!!!!!!LETS GO BRANDON!!!!!!Vor 24 Tage
  • God bless you, Rick! Your story has been one of the classic rock-n-roll stories that truly inspires! And your band never giving up on you is off the charts inspirational! Love you guys ❤️

    MarianaMarianaVor 24 Tage
  • Tony from black sabbath had a life changing accident with a power saw one day. Even afer missing a few fingertips on his guitar hand he found a way to keep on rocking too....

    Paul WestPaul WestVor 24 Tage
  • Outstanding!! NYAWEH for helping Wounded Warriors. HOOO-AAAHH! ducti amore patriae

    Sawatis BillingsSawatis BillingsVor 24 Tage
  • His Prince portrait is beautiful

    Matthew KaneMatthew KaneVor 24 Tage
  • Wow

    Sean SmithSean SmithVor 24 Tage
  • He's an amazing Drummer... I've seen Def Leppard in concert twice 🥰🥰🥰😁😁😁 I saw him back in the 80's Hysteria Tour with Tesla and again several years back with Tesla and Foreigner. 🥰🥰🥰🥰 LOVE THEM 🥰🥰🥰

    LilStampBugLilStampBugVor 24 Tage
  • Great story. Thanks!

    andrea bradleyandrea bradleyVor 24 Tage
  • Bet his will actually be art unlike Cunter's

    Frontiers of FreedomFrontiers of FreedomVor 24 Tage
  • Awesome, inspiring guy and a great band.

    Terri FrommTerri FrommVor 24 Tage
  • ❤️

    S DanneckerS DanneckerVor 24 Tage
  • Rick Allen is the A in totally freaking AWESOME! 🙌🏼👏🤗🙏🏻

    Luv2PlayULuv2PlayUVor 24 Tage
  • Thank you Rick for thinking about wounded veterans 👍👍🇺🇸

    Joe MorrowJoe MorrowVor 24 Tage
  • Guy from England giving to US vets. Amazing. Always loved Def Leopard.

    Colin SevierColin SevierVor 24 Tage
  • Omg,I admired him before ,but now I do even more ,his art is beautiful,I come from a Marine Corps family,so, this means even more to me ,wow.

    Kathleen TysonKathleen TysonVor 24 Tage
  • Love Def Leppard Good Good Music

    Susan BennettSusan BennettVor 24 Tage
  • And he's probably better than Cunter Hiden...

    Les WhiteLes WhiteVor 24 Tage
  • I have no words. 💕

    Spookie CupcakesSpookie CupcakesVor 24 Tage
  • What a wonderful and humble man. Rick is so incredibly talented. It pains me to see him still struggle with PTSD.

    Jessica DuBoisJessica DuBoisVor 24 Tage
  • I grew up listening to DL and had the opportunity to see them live from the 4th row. Best show i've ever attended! I know I Iocked eyes with Rick when he came out on the stage after the show. I think he even waved at me! Lol!

    kebwick78kebwick78Vor 24 Tage
  • Def Leppard is my all time favorite band! Love them! ❤️💜💚

    Paige MullPaige MullVor 24 Tage
  • Very cool.

    N MakarovaN MakarovaVor 24 Tage
  • I'll never forget hearing about his accident way back in 1984 after it happened. I was 14 years old at the time.

    ACS402010ACS402010Vor 24 Tage
  • The band ain't my jam but Def a fan of the man, holy brass balls 🙏 🔥 I'll come back to this whenever I'm feeling sorry for myself

    Steve XSteve XVor 24 Tage
  • I heard Rick's first painting is going to be a portrait of Hunter Biden LOL

    J LeeJ LeeVor 24 Tage
  • Greatest drummer ever God bless you Rick.

    Madison SummeyMadison SummeyVor 24 Tage
  • Proof that you can have a disability and still do amazing things. I’ve been learning how to play the piano with one hand and introduced myself to using my left hand as well to playing the piano. I have spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy on my left side, so my mobility in my left arm and left leg is limited, but I’ve learned strategies to overcome my challenges. It would be really awesome to meet Rick Allen in person.

    Kayla Pearl CP NinjaKayla Pearl CP NinjaVor 24 Tage
  • I would love to buy one of your paintings.

    tawni boostawni boosVor 24 Tage
  • He still good looking. Went to all your concerts. Sure hope u keep getting together for another. Your my number 1 favorite band. Your still a great drummer after the accident Miss you guys so much.

    tawni boostawni boosVor 24 Tage
  • Best band of the 80 thanks for all the awesome conserts. Rock on 👍✌

    Lennon JamesLennon JamesVor 24 Tage
  • I saw Def Leppard just before his accident! Still have T-shirt from that concert.

    Kawika JonesKawika JonesVor 24 Tage
  • ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤#1😎

    maria martinezmaria martinezVor 24 Tage
  • What's awesome is the band members keep him with the band, always been a big fan love yr music. Cheers to you guys.🇨🇦🎸🥁

    Cindy RussellCindy RussellVor 24 Tage
  • How incredibly inspiring!!!! Just wow.

    SuzanneSuzanneVor 24 Tage
  • Such a talented artist even trauma couldn't destroy his creativity.

    Vanessa HunterVanessa HunterVor 24 Tage
  • What has 9 arms and sucks? Def Leppard

    Joel LongworthJoel LongworthVor 24 Tage
  • HalleluYAH!!!

    Marc DemellMarc DemellVor 24 Tage
  • I remember when this happened and was so glad the band waited for him to heal and figure out how to be a drummer with one arm. Thankfully he’s doing well with continuous health counseling. He’s amazing.

    Muzikluvr724Muzikluvr724Vor 24 Tage
  • He lost his arm? Wow, I hope he finds it.

    20alphabet20alphabetVor 24 Tage
  • Even after losing an arm, still created one of the best selling rock albums of all time, after creating the greatest rock album of all time (Pyromania).

    Jacob LaughbonJacob LaughbonVor 24 Tage
  • He always and still is amazing. I've been a fan since the early eighties . And still today.

    Paul DegennaroPaul DegennaroVor 25 Tage
  • Would you all stop.playing pour some sugar its like their worst song, worst album. Pyromania album i played that record to death. Bringing on the Heartbreak, Foolin. Photograph Etc. It has to be frustrating to them that only one album or song gets played.

    BirdsongBirdsongVor 25 Tage

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  • I remember hearing the news they were my favorite band I was crushed wondering what will happen ...then he came back and the band was better than ever ..it definitely was a miracle and inspirational to us all.🙏💕

    patti millerpatti millerVor 25 Tage
  • I remember they tried to reattach his arm but he complained it was cold

    Shattered LensShattered LensVor 25 Tage
    • 😔

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  • How can you not love Def Leppard…especially Rick

    CharlieCharlieVor 25 Tage
  • Huge credit for both him and the band.

    Mimi 78Mimi 78Vor 25 Tage
  • Incrediblly resilient !

    Bill WilliamsBill WilliamsVor 25 Tage
  • Amazing how this talented man has adapted. I am totally impressed. Many many blessings to Rick. I never ever noticed he had one arm.

    Amelia WojniczAmelia WojniczVor 25 Tage
    • Amazing man...

      Amelia WojniczAmelia WojniczVor 25 Tage
    • Great head of hair too.

      Amelia WojniczAmelia WojniczVor 25 Tage
  • So basically Jeff Rich and Simmons saved his life.

    armybeef68armybeef68Vor 25 Tage
  • Amazing, humble man... a fabulous wife.. and a story of hope.. a story of healing. A story if Victory... God bless you Rick...

    Robert BishopRobert BishopVor 25 Tage
  • I can't even come up with words so emotional ✌❤ from Montana

    Rachel GallagherRachel GallagherVor 25 Tage
  • Wow….much respect for you rick! Big love brother!!

    Harvey FinklestienHarvey FinklestienVor 25 Tage