Drummer's foundation capitalizes on music's healing powers

At the height of his group's worldwide fame in 1984, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen had a life-changing experience when he lost an arm in a car accident. Instead of letting that stop him, he found a way to continue his musical career. Seventeen years later, he and his then-soon-to-be wife, Lauren Monroe, founded the Raven Drum Foundation to share his journey and help others discover their own paths to recovery.

"I was kind of the inspiration for the thing, and Lauren had the language for some of the things I went through," he said in a recent phone call from Nashville as his band was gearing up for a summer-long tour with Poison and Cheap Trick that brings them to Moosic on Sunday. "This is our way of helping other people heal."

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