LISTEN: Joe Elliott Recalls Rick Allen's Fight To Come Back After Arm Loss

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.

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