What has nine arms and sucks? Not Def Leppard – at least not anymore. Yesterday, the band revealed on their website that drummer Rick Allen's missing arm was a gimmick. At a press conference this morning, the band's vocalist Joe Elliot told the reporter, “We wanted to sell more records, and we weren't getting it done with the tunes. So Rick comes up and says, 'Oy! Why don't I tuck me arm in me shirt, 'an we tell 'em I lost it in some crash, or something?' We all looked at each other and shrugged. It couldn't hurt nothing. He wasn't very good with two, anyway.”
Most Def Heads were upset. One fan, who wished to remain anonymous, stated “I feel betrayed. I bragged about that group for thirty years. I even played a record for my mother and told her to listen to the one-armed drummer. She was impressed, I think.”
Elliot said the band would continue, but whether Allen uses one or both his arms remains a mystery.