An emotional return for monsters of rock

Performing at Donington Park on Sunday will bring back fond memories for rock giants Def Leppard.

The band, who headline Sunday's Download Festival bill, last played at the Leicestershire venue in 1986, their first major gig following drummer Rick Allen's car accident in which he lost an arm.

Recalls frontman Joe Elliott: "My overall memory of Donington is pretty much the major one which was introducing Rick at the end of the set. We kinda felt this uncontrollable urge to mention ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Allen on the drums'.

"It was his first proper gig back after his accident so Donington is Rick Allen's rebirth place, if you like.

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