25 Rick Allen Quotes from the Famous English Drummer

Rick Allen drummer for Def Leppard since he was 15 faced a life-changing car accident in 1984 losing an arm.

He overcame this challenge and continued his music career inspiring millions.

For over 20 years Rick has supported various groups including cancer patients, special needs children, at-risk youth, domestic violence victims and veterans.

Rick Allen Quotes

He received humanitarian awards and founded the Raven Drum Foundation with his wife to help people in crisis.

Rick also creates light art and mixed media art showcased in galleries.

Rick Allen is known as “The Thunder God”.

In 2019 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and continues touring globally.

I have selected the best quotes by Rick Allen in this blog post.

Best Rick Allen Quotes


I have never been one for the over-the-top. ~ Rick Allen.


I wanted to be as far away from everybody as I could be. I found it difficult to be close to anybody, not just the guys in the band. ~ Rick Allen.


Yes, of course that’s true but you know, the irony of all that is that before the accident, I’d pretty much lost interest in playing drums. ~ Rick Allen.


‘Cause I felt I didn’t have anything else to prove as a musician… and boy was I wrong about that one. ~ Rick Allen.


I prefer the rather old and battered, things with character, to the brand new. ~ Rick Allen.

But the irony is that because the band isn’t the focus any more, it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more. ~ Rick Allen.


But I think that the most important thing was to really stop drinking. ~ Rick Allen.

But it’s funny that now I’m in such a happy situation, I look more objectively at my own past and see what others have seen for a long time and I’m just so glad I’ve been able to get to this point. ~ Rick Allen.

If we had loads of money as a family, things would be different and they’d come to visit more and I’d get to spend more time here. But I’m laying down roots in America so when I’m there, just being at home, it’s harder to break away from that. ~ Rick Allen.

Famous Rick Allen Quotes


I think at that time I obviously wasn’t aware of what I really needed. But conversely, my wanting to prove something to everyone was beneficial ’cause if I hadn’t done it then, maybe I’d never have done it. ~ Rick Allen.


And more importantly, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, I wouldn’t be where I am now and I may not even have been here if it wasn’t for the accident. ~ Rick Allen.

Just the same way I’d say a prayer before going onstage, taking that even further and using the drum to inspire people. And using that as a vehicle for the intention. ~ Rick Allen.

Thinking about what songs are coming next instead of just relaxing, breathing and playing from my heart. Sometimes it can get to be almost like the enemy. ~ Rick Allen.

We’re probably doing better business than we thought we would do especially considering the disappointing way the record company has handled the album. ~ Rick Allen.

Top Rick Allen Quotes


My situation should have been a lot worse. By rights I shouldn’t have survived the crash. ~ Rick Allen.

I think my perception of my own life is different and the fact that Lauren and myself are together. I’ve never felt this free or happy and so that permeates onto my onstage persona and to my working environment. ~ Rick Allen.

I was happy in Dublin because it is very cosmopolitan. ~ Rick Allen.

I think all of those things, but certainly the booze really brought out the really unreasonable side of me, and I just didn’t want to revisit that place again. ~ Rick Allen.


I really don’t feel any strong allegiance to any country. ~ Rick Allen.

Before my accident I was a little too… selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I’m blessed. I’m really blessed. ~ Rick Allen.

Popular Rick Allen Quotes

But unfortunately, in my unrelenting drive to get back on that drum stool, the major casualty in all of it was that I really forgot about me. ~ Rick Allen.


Some people say that practice makes perfect but I just feel that the repetition works against me and I start thinking too far ahead during a show. ~ Rick Allen.

At the end of the day, they’re happy if you do the obvious songs towards the end of the set and you’ve got to try and make yourself happy by doing certain songs at the front end of the set. ~ Rick Allen.

America feels like home as much as it does here. Although it’s a strange situation as I feel almost like I’m in no-man’s land some of the time, because although I’m a resident, I still can’t vote so I don’t really have a say in what goes on where I live. ~ Rick Allen.

So these were the 25 top quotes about Rick Allen.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Art Modell quotes and Simone Manuel quotes.

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