Rick Allen Biography, Career, Age, Family, Spouse, and Net Worth

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Who is Rick Allen?

Rick Allen recognized as Richard John Cyril Allen is a famous English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. In January 1985, Allen overcame the amputation of his left arm and went on to play with the band, which went on to its most commercially successful phase. He is recognized as ”The Thunder God” by fans. Allen is ranked No. 7 on the UK website Gigwise in The Greatest Drummers of All Time list.

Rick Allen Career

Early life

Allen began playing drums at the age of nine years. He performed in the bands; Grad, Rampant, Smokey Blue, and the Johnny Kalendar Band. At the age of 14, his mother replied on his behalf to an advertisement placed by a band called Def Leppard searching for a drummer to replace Tony Kenning (”Leppard loses skins” was the advertisement’s headline). On November 1, 1978, Allen joined the band, which was on his 15th birthday. He then dropped out of school to concentrate on a career in music in 1979. Allen later celebrated his 16th birthday with a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon, when Def Leppard opened for AC/DC.


Rick has used custom-manufactured cable routing by Whirlwind. He uses 4 electronic pedals for his left foot to play the pieces he used to play with his left arm, which from left to right trigger sounds of a closing hi-hat, snare drum, bass drum, and tom drum. Yamaha revealed the addition of Rick Allen to their artist roster in 2009. He plays Yamaha Oak Custom drums with a matching sub-kick. Allen also uses Remo drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, Ahead drumsticks, and an LP rock cowbell. Previously, he used Paiste 2002, RUDE, and Sound Creation cymbals.

Charitable works

Rick and his spouse Lauren Monroe are the cofounders of the Raven Drum Foundation, a charity. He also formed the One Hand Drum Company to provide funding for the Raven Drum Foundation. The company primarily sells merchandise featuring ”Stick Rick”, an illustrated character representing him.

Car accident and recovery

Allen was involved in a car crash on the afternoon of December 31, 1984, with his then-girlfriend Miriam Barendsen. It occurred on the A57 road in the countryside a few miles west of Sheffield, when he got mixed up in an angry speed-off with another driver. Allen lost control of his left-hand drive Corvette C4 and hit a dry stone wall, entering a field. Rick’s left arm was entangled in the seatbelt and severed, remaining in the car, while he was flung out. Initially, doctors re-attached the arm but it was then amputated because of an infection.

He had initially felt lost and defeated but after encouragement and support from family, friends, and hundreds of thousands of letters from all over the planet, he opted to go on playing drums with Def Leppard. He adopted a specially designed electronic drum kit, and the band took a break from onstage performances until he was able to go back to live drumming at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington on August 16, 1986. Allen has since then re-adopted partially acoustic drum kits depending on the setting.

Recent incident

He was standing in the parking valet area of the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was staying for a performance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on the weekend of March 12, 2023. He was attacked by a ”spring-breaker” who intentionally ran towards and collided with Allen, knocking him to the ground. Allen sustained a head injury and the attacker, Max Hartley was apprehended and charged with several crimes.

A photo of Rick Allen
A photo of Rick Allen

How old is Rick Allen?

Richard John Cyril Allen is aged 59 years as of 2022, having been born on November 1, 1953, in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England. He shares his birthday with famous celebrities including Paige Hyland, David Foster, Jayden Bartels, Jenny McCarthy, Coco Martin, Tim Cook, Jeremy Hunt, and Larry Flynt, among others.

Rick Allen Family

Who are Rick Allen’s parents?

Richard John Cyril Allen was born in Dronfield, Derbyshire to Geoffrey Allen and Kathleen Moore. His mother replied on his behalf to an advertisement placed by a band called Def Leppard searching for a drummer to replace Tony Kenning (”Leppard loses skins” was the advertisement’s headline).

Does Rick Allen have siblings?

Allen is the second-born and youngest son of his parents in the family. He has one older sibling, a brother named Robert Allen, who is an ex-DL/Tim McGraw’s tour manager and the current manager of Taylor Swift.

Rick Allen Education

Allen attended high school in his hometown before dropping out to pursue a career in music, in 1979 at the age of 15.

Rick Allen Spouse

From 1991 to 2000, Allen was married to his then-wife Stacy Lauren Gilbert. He was arrested for spousal abuse and was sentenced to a work crew and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in 1995. Allen is currently married to Lauren Cuggino Monroe, who is also a musician. He has contributed to some of her albums.

Rick Allen Children

Allen and his loving and supportive wife have two children together, daughters Lauren Shane Allen and Josefine Allen. He shares his daughter Lauren Shane Allen with his ex-wife Stacy Lauren Gilbert. Josefine Allen is his daughter together with his current and second wife Lauren Monroe.

Rick Allen Measurements

Allen has a well-built, muscular, and physically fit body with a height of 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and an unknown weight. He is a vegan.

Rick Allen Net Worth

English professional drummer Allen plays for the hard rock band Def Leppard from 1978 to the present. From his music career, he has gathered an estimated net worth of approximately $50 million as of 2023.