Def Leppard: Sheffield rock band drummer Rick Allen kicks off art exhibit in America
Several years after joining the group, in 1984 Allen lost his left arm in a car crash after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 near Sheffield. The incident changed his life forever and left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, but his resilience ultimately helped him continue playing for the band.
After the birth of his youngest daughter 11 years ago, Allen rekindled his lifelong love of painting, which he claims to be “therapeutic”.
He was at the Wentworth Gallery in Atlanta this week for the installation of his solo art exhibit, titled “Wings Of Hope”.
Speaking to the WABE publication, he said: “I did an article called ‘Wings of Hope’ a long time ago. I just felt like it was very appropriate. We are in this terrible situation with this global pandemic, and I think “Wings of Hope” is something we all need right now. We all need something to look forward to. Hopefully, with that in mind, we can sort of put this behind us in the not-so-distant future. “
“Among the ‘Wings of Hope’ I did the ‘Legends’ series, which is paintings of people who have really inspired me over the years – musicians, singers, drummers, you name it,” Allen said, “But unfortunately people who are no longer with us, people who have passed by. But the fact remains, these incredible, incredible artists probably inspired me to the point that I wouldn’t necessarily do what I do. today without Jimi Hendrix or John Lennon.
Def Leppard of Sheffield established himself as part of the new wave of the British heavy metal movement of the early 1980s and is best known for releasing chart-topping singles such as “Photograph”, “For Some Sugar on Me “and” Hysteria “.
The group is made up of Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Savage (bass), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitars, backing vocals) and Vivian Campbell (guitars, backing vocals)