Happy Birthday to Def Leppard’s Rick Allen!



“I joined the group on my fifteenth birthday, and we already seen a lot together, we’ve grown up together, and we’ve had enough setbacks for us to realize that we are really strong as a team. And, that is the one thing that kept everybody together, and it still keeps everybody together now.”

Rick Allen AKA “The Thunder God” inspires people everyday by his story. Yes, it’s true, he lost his left arm in a car accident on New Year’s Eve in 1985, about seven years after he joined Def Leppard. But Rick Allen didn’t let the amputation of his arm let that stop him from continuing to be part of the band. In fact, Rick Allen gave himself little to no time to pity himself or bringing on a heartbreak. He dove straight back into work and on August 16th 1986 he returned to the stage.

A drummer keeps the rhythm going, anyone who listens to Def Leppard’s music can always hear Rick Allen playing, regardless if there is a guitar slide or Def Leppard’s singer Joe Elliot cranking out the lyrics.

After Rick Allen’s car accident and loss of his arm an electronic drum set was created. Afterwards, whether is was from pure resilience, motivation on keeping their minds on what they wanted, or true passion Def Leppard went on to their most commercially successful part of their band career. Today, Def Leppard has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their album Hysteria, which came out in 1987 being their first major hit album truly brought them to the spotlight. They have achieved great things, they are one of only five rock bands in the U.S. with two original studio albums selling over ten million, yet their greatest achievement to date is that they’ve stayed together through thick and thin no matter what life throws at them.

NTI may not be a rock band or someone that you have known since fifteen years old, but we will stay with you through thick and thin with the job search. In fact, we want to help you get back on that stage, put yourself out there and be a rock star like Rick Allen. We got your back, we have job opportunities for you, and we are willing to try our very best to make it work. If you are on SSI or SSDI take the plunge, let NTI be your rock band and help you find a great job! Visit us at nticentral.org or reach us at (877) 248-8912 today!

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