Rick Allen is not only known only as the guy who has been pounding the skins for Def Leppard for almost 40 years, he is also making a name for himself in the world of art. Rick’s creative side has been garnering a lot of attention as he is currently one of Wentworth Galleries star artists. Rick will have paintings, wrapped drums, and fine jewelry as part of his Drums for Peace collection that will be on display at the Wentworth Gallery at The Mall at Short Hills on Saturday January 13, 2018 from 5-8pm.
BackstageAxxess recently talked with Rick about his work as an artist, his inspirations on doing various pieces and his relationship with Wentworth Gallery. We also talked about his charity work with Raven Drums which spawned Project Resiliency. Rick goes into detail about his charities, about giving back and how much it means for him to do so. Of course we dove into the recent celebration of the 30 year anniversary of Hysteria and what 2018 holds for Def Leppard.
We couldn’t be more proud to present this an interview with Rick Allen of Def Leppard!
We would like to thank Allison Zucker-Perelman of Relevant Communications for setting up the interview with Rick. For more information on Rick’s appearance at Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, NJ, please go here: Wentworth Gallery. Fore more information on Def Leppard, click here: Def Leppard.
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When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.