Def Leppard Auction Goes Inside Rick Allen’s Arm Loss


The former girlfriend of Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has put a “very personal” collection of memorabilia up for auction, including early recordings of the band’s On Through the Night and Hysteria albums.

Miriam Barendsen met Allen in 1984 and was his passenger when he lost control of his car on Dec. 31, 1984, resulting in the amputation of his left arm. They remained together until 1991.

The Gotta Have Rock & Roll auction runs until April 23 with lots including cassettes of rough album mixes and studio sessions. Allen can be heard relearning to perform with the help of fellow drummer Jeff Rich ahead of Def Leppard’s return to the stage in England in 1986 and playing an intimate show with the band to 1,000 people in Holland the…



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