Albums

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen

name Rick Allen

best known for One arm drum.

Current City Los Angeles

I really wanna be in it Big Sur

I’m really excited about My wife, Lauren Monroe, released a new single today (March 18), and I’m so excited for people to hear it. It’s a “California Country” song called “Kiss Me Now”. I’m also extremely excited to be performing music in front of a live audience again. I’ll be playing a few intimate shows with Lauren in New York (March 21), Philly (March 22) and DC (March 24), and a summer tour of Def Leppard US stadiums with Motley Crew, Poison and Joan Jett.

I’m also very excited about Lauren Monroe’s upcoming album, due out later this year. This album transforms the lyrics and deeply reflects love in all its forms… light and dark. I was happy to join Doug Pettibone and Sebastian Steinberg in supporting Monroe’s velvety voice and warm tone. I’m sure there will be many people who will enjoy these songs as they roll down the road reflecting this crazy life and all the love we need to get through this.

My current music collection contains a lot of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Frank Sinatra and Oliver Koletzki.

And a bit of World music.

You wouldn’t expect me to listen The MRM team, Bombay Jayashri, Israel Ka-makawiwo’ole but I do! I’m a big fan of music in general and enjoy all genres.

preferred format I really like vinyl and I need a new turntable! You can’t beat analog sound. It’s warm and more pleasant to the ear. Plus, the cover art is always a treat too.

1
Back in black, AC DC

This album is raw, unapologetic rock and roll.

I celebrated my 16th birthday opening for AC/DC with Def Leppard at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1979. It was my first gig in a big arena and Bon Scott wished me a happy birthday. I had to pinch myself… It was a birthday I will never forget.

2
Electric Warrior, T.Rex

What can I say… I was completely inspired by this record. Without Marc Bolan, I probably wouldn’t be in a band at all. This album was and still is emotional for me. T. Rex epitomized the glam scene in England that still lives on today. I really don’t think there will ever be another T-Rex.

3
Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

Houses of the Holy blew the doors of rock and roll in my opinion. What a fantastic mix of rock and blues. The searing voice of Robert Plant, the unforgettable guitar riffs and the legendary melodies of Jimmy Page. Each song feels like a mystical rock journey, and then there’s the epic thunder of John Bonham on drums. Completely transformative…

4
sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

This album is a soundtrack of my youth with so many memories of my childhood. The family car rides and my early school years. The vocal harmonies stay with me to this day. I used to sing and play drums in the first days before my accident, I stopped getting used to playing my kit with one arm, but it was this album that made me want to create harmonies and sing along with the group.

5
Under the wolf moon, lauren monroe

This album has a favorite song for everyone. It covers everything with its rock roots and its Americana touch. I’m really proud to have been part of it. One of the highlights for me was playing the song “Big Love” with friend and fellow drummer Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with John Ginty, monster organ and kit hopping pianist who did three drum kits recording in a large room. Great memory and a great album all around.

Rick Allen embarks on a fine arts tour make a number of special appearances, including Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Casino and King of Prussia Mall on April 2-3. These exciting events are open to the public. Visit Rick’s website for more information.