FULL NAME: Richard John Cyril Allen
BORN: November 1, 1963, Derbyshire, England
PARENTS: Geoffrey Allen and Kathleen Daly (remarried). Geoff worked in the family steel business when Rick was growing up, while his Mom worked at a printing company. Rick now has a stepdad named Jim.
SIBLINGS: One brother, Robert (four years older). Robert was the band's tour manager in the early days. He has worked as Tim McGraw's tour manager and has also worked with Taylor Swift.
EDUCATION: Left school at the age of 15 to become a full-time member of Def Leppard.
DRUMMER INFLUENCES: Ian Paice, Stuart Copeland, Keith Moon, John Bonham, Simon Kirk, Gene Krupa.
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Lauren (Monroe) on October 10, 2003. Formerly married to Stacy (Gilbert) from September 29, 1991 to about 2000.
CHILDREN: Two daughters.
RESIDENCE: Calabasas, California
HOBBIES: Swimming, photography, spiritual books, meditation, participating in drum circles, and using music and the arts as a form of healing.
PERSONALITY TRAITS: Incredible sense of humor, posesses a positive outlook, determination and courage. Rick describes himself as "a kid, giving, fun."
EQUIPMENT: Zildjian cymbals & Ahead sticks, Drum Workshop drums (DW), Acupad drum pads, Marshall Amps. His kit is a combination of foot pedals, Acupad drum pads, and the natural snare, high hats and bass drum.
Rick, who could very well be described as the "heart" of Def Leppard, got his first drum kit at the age of 10. After years of banging on his mother's countertops and denting the wood furniture, Rick's mom agreed to get him the drum kit on two conditions - that he pay for half, and that he take lessons and stick with them. With that out of the way, Rick joined his first semi-pro band at the age of 12.
A few days after his 15th birthday, he saw an ad in the newspaper titled "Leppard Loses Skins" from a local band who were in need of a drummer. Rick asked him mom to call and he auditioned for the band. Rick then became the permanent drummer for Def Leppard. When the band got their first record deal with Phonogram Records, Rick's father had to sign the contract for him as Rick was too young. That occured on 8/5/79 and the signing took place at Rick's home on Green Lane in Dronfield, England. Rick was only 15 years old.
On New Year's Eve 1984, Rick and his then girlfriend Miriam were involved in a severe car accident just outside Sheffield, England on their way to Rick's parents' house. Rick's left arm was severed at the shoulder by the seatbelt as he was thrown from the car. Doctors re-attached the limb, but after an infection set in they had to remove it.
At the tender age of 21, Rick's courage and determination refused to let this tragedy ruin his career and eventually led to the custom-built drum kit that he still plays today. Rick's left foot does the job that his left arm used to by utilizing a series of foot pedals. Thanks to modern technology and an incredible drive to overcome the odds, Rick's position with Def Leppard was secured and he would thereafter be known as the one and only "Thunder God."
While initially relying heavily on electronic drum sounds with Hysteria and Adrenize, 1996's "Slang" saw Rick on all acoustic set for the first time. Rick now uses a combination of the two to achieve the sound that he desires. Def Leppard's tenth studio album, "X" (released in 2002), marked a first for Rick in that he was given co-writing credit for the majority of songs on the album.
Currently Rick and the band are taking a break after being on tour promoting the "Rock of Ages" movie with Poison & Lita Ford.