Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen recently discussed his last time meeting Neil Peart, and how his death inspired him to make a painting of Peart. He made the remarks to The Metal Voice.
Did you ever meet Neil Peart?
“I did, briefly. We shared the same rehearsal space, so we met on occasion. But yeah, that was one of those occasions where I was just so deeply sort of shocked by the whole situation, that was the first thing that I did when I got home, I started a Neil Peart painting.
“It’s actually really cool, you know, all these pieces, I get started on them, and by the time I’m three-quarters of the way through, I don’t want to let them go. I’d sell all this art, and I don’t have one piece hanging in the house, you know.”
I just realized, Dennis Stratton would’ve been inducted with Iron Maiden, but Pete wasn’t inducted with you…
“We asked him, we did all the right things – like I say, it’s all-inclusive, you can’t take that away from anybody, so we asked, we did all the right things, he was very happy for us, but obviously declined to be there.” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.