Best known as the drummer for the legendary rock band and rock and roll Hall of Fame inductee Def Leppard, Rick Allen has also become an accomplished painter in recent years. This weekend, he made two appearances in the region to celebrate his latest creations.
Allen, drummer on Def Lep hits like “Photograph” and “Bringin ‘on the Heartbreak”, will be at the Wentworth Galleries in Atlantic City and King of Prussia this weekend. It will appear on July 10 at the Wentworth Gallery at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City and on July 11 at the Wentworth Gallery at the King of Prussia Mall.
Both of these events are open to the public and follow the latest CDC recommendations.
Allen’s story is familiar even to the most casual music fan. He lost an arm in a tragic car crash in 1984, but rebounded remarkably, relearning his craft and becoming a one-armed stickman against all odds. His new art collection is home to originals, limited editions, the painted drum series, mixed media originals and the “Legends Series”, featuring new portraits of fellow musicians who have also experienced hardships in their lives, among which Eddie Van Halen, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash.
“Music, art and photography have been my passions since I was little,” Allen said in a statement. “My life has been a journey of transformation and my art is a reflection of the many facets of the dreams and perceptions that have shaped me. Each piece has a story and connection to my life from my roots in England, my life-changing car crash, my trip to America, my travels around the world and my deep connection to the Wounded Warriors and their struggle to heal. . The collection intends to express messages of hope, transcendence and the human condition.
An integral part of Allen’s creative life became public in 2012. After years of personal photographic work, he ventured into the world of fine art with a successful debut collection of abstract works constructed from the rhythm. Allen became a pioneer in the new medium, using drumsticks and rhythm to dictate abstract visuals on canvas. This early collection consisted of 300 pieces and quickly sold out in its initial public offering and boasted a sold-out exhibition.
A portion of each sale from the new collection will benefit his Resilience Project, where over the past 12 years Allen and his wife, Lauren Monroe, have worked passionately with veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and the United States. ‘Afghanistan. Allen and Wentworth Galleries will donate a portion of each acquisition to benefit the Foundation.
“I am honored to welcome Rick and his art to my galleries,” Christian O’Mahony, director of the Wentworth Gallery, said in a statement. “Her art not only represents her own story of perseverance, resilience and the human spirit, but is also a beacon of hope for others.”
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week it’s a deluxe edition from the first major label of one of Philly’s most enduring acts.
THE ROOTS: “DO YOU WANT MORE? !!! ??! “
It has been 26 years since the release of “Do You Want More? !!! ??!”, The Roots’ groundbreaking second studio album and first label. Originally released on January 17, 1995 via DGC Records, the record brought the collective’s neo-soul bohemian zest to life and established them as leading figures in hip-hop-jazz.
The album peaked at No. 22 on Billboard’s Top R & B / Hip Hop Albums chart and features their singles “Distortion to Static”, “Proceed” and the rap ballad “Silent Treatment”. Led by MC Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Philadelphia rap team returned to where they started with a 3LP, 4LP and a luxury digital collection of “Do You Want More? !!! ?? ! ‘
Digging into the vaults, the Deluxe Edition is taken from the original recordings and includes 18 bonus tracks curated by Questlove, some of which have never been released and others that have never been available digitally before. The 3LP Luxury Vinyl Edition includes five bonus tracks in “Proceed II [feat. Roy Ayers]”,” Proceed III “,” Proceed IV (AJ Shine Mix) “,” Proceed V (Beatminerz Mix) “with five remixes of” Silent Treatment “. Also included is a 24-page booklet featuring images taken by Mpozi Tolbert, Questlove and Black Thought essays as well as track-by-track commentary.
The 4LP Edition includes all of the above plus the eight additional bonus tracks with “In Your Dreams Kid (I’m Every MC)”, “The Ultimate (Original ’94 Version)”, “…… (dot dot dot…) on & on) “,” Pffat Time “,” Swept Away (Original Draft) “,” It’s Coming “,” Lazy Afternoon (Alternate Version) “and two remixed versions of” Distortion To Static “.
The Roots have always stood out from other artists who mixed hip hop with jazzy influences and made extensive use of live instrumentation due to their unwavering confidence in experimenting and letting the music speak for itself. A quarter of a century after the release of “Do You Want More? !!! ??”, they are still considered one of the biggest live bands in the industry and appear every night as a house band on ” The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. ‘
The deluxe edition of ‘Do You Want More? !!! ??’ can be found in stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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