RICK ALLEN never set out to be a role model or humanitarian; he just wanted to create amazing music for people to enjoy. By turning tragedy into a case-study in overcoming adversity, Rick, with the encouragement of his band, Def Leppard, altered the course of modern drumming.
Experimentation with triggers and revolutionary electronics unlocked a new genre--and pushed the boundaries of not just rock 'n roll, but music in general. The Thunder God is a champion of causes to improve the lives of those suffering hardships: most notably his Raven Drum Foundation, Project Resiliency, and work with the Wounded Warrior Project. This goes without saying: Rick Allen is a total badass!
Rick joined Def Leppard, at the age of 15, prior to the recording of their first album and has been their driving rhythm force for the past 35 years. Among the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Def Leppard have sold over 100 million records worldwide. There's a reason they've proven the test of time: their high-energy live performances are consistently exceptional.
As talented as Rick is and as critical his contributions to the evolution of new-millinium percussion are, his aspirations to grow as a complete artist, encompassing spiritual and visual realms, reflect the path of an artist inspired to share his growing perspective of holistic balance and the nourishment of soul. Turning suffering into perseverance, Rick Allen is proof of the resolve of the human spirit and in the power of evolution.