Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen speaks out for 1st time since brutal attack

Rick Allen opens up about his recovery months after he was assaulted.

Rick Allen, the iconic drummer of Def Leppard, is opening up about his recovery journey only months after he was assaulted after a show in Fort Lauderdale in March.

The 59-year-old drummer sat down with “Good Morning America” in an exclusive interview to talk about the attack, where the drummer said he was “totally blindsided.”

PHOTO: Rick Allen of Def Leppard performs onstage during The Stadium Tour at Truist Park on June 16, 2022 in Atlanta.
Rick Allen of Def Leppard performs onstage during The Stadium Tour at Truist Park on June 16, 2022 in Atlanta.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images, FILE

“I heard a couple of steps and then I just saw this [flash] and the next thing I knew was I was on the ground,” said Allen. “I landed on my backside… hit my head on the pavement.”

Allen, who lost his left arm in a car crash in 1984, said he feared he would be attacked again, so he reached his hand up in the air and said, “I am no threat to you.”

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