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Rick Allen (1963- )

Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen (born November 1, 1963, Dronfield, Derbyshire, England) is the drummer for the English hard rock band Def Leppard. He is famous for overcoming the complete amputation of his left arm to continue playing with the band, which subsequently went on to its greatest popular success worldwide

from, August 2005:

. . . the terrible car accident on New Year's Eve 1984 that resulted in the loss of his left arm. . . .Producer Mutt Lange arranged for a Krishna couple to come stay near the hospital near Sheffield and cook vegetarian meals for the musician every day. The whole ward smelled of an Indian restaurant, Allen recalls, and a projected six- month hospital stay was over in less than a month. . . . He goes on: "So I started to ask (the couple) about their beliefs and they told me about the intention that they put into their food. It really struck a chord in me. After that, I remained interested, involved.

from, undated interview:

When I was in the hospital it was very difficult trying to be a vegetarian—I’d just kind of take the meat off the plate [and had] overcooked vegetables. So when “Mutt” Lange, our producer, [who has] got a strong Hindu belief, visited me in the hospital he said, “Rick, I want to send these people up from London [for you].” So [a Hare Krishna couple] showed up, and they came in every single day and made food for me. That ward smelled like an Indian restaurant. It was brilliant!

from AOL Chat with Rick and Phil, July 12, 2000:

Rick: At the moment, just watching what I'm eating. Trying to swim as much as I can. I've been to the gym a few times but I spend a lot of time outdoors anyway so I'm pretty healthy in that department. I've been a vegetarian for many, many years so I think diet and the combination of a few things really helps me prepare. And... Lots of lots of sex. (grins)

from - interview with Joe Elliot, Def Leppard singer, May 2006:

We have two-and-a-half vegetarians in the band.

This appears to be referring to Vivian Campbell as a pescetarian (fish-eater) whilst Phil Collen and Rick Allen are vegan. Many website simply list all three of them a 'vegetarian'.

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