Joe Elliott admitted that he’d thought it was the “drugs talking” when Def Leppard bandmate Rick Allen said he’d play again days after losing his arm in a car crash. The vocalist hailed the drummer for having fought back to become a better musician than he’d been before the accident on Dec. 31, 1984.
“We were never going to fire him,” Elliott told Hawaii Public Radio in a recent interview (via Blabbermouth). “That's just not the British way of doing things... It wasn't a business. It was a cliquey little club that was ours and ours alone, and when one of us gets kind of lost by the wayside, it's a hard thing to bring somebody else in.