Def Leppard's Rick Allen and 10 More Miraculous Rock Recoveries

7. Travis Barker
Surviving a fatal car crash is miraculous. Surviving a fatal plane crash is some kind of triple-lightning-strike hyper-miracle. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker may have beaten the odds in 2008, but he was still critically injured when his plane went down after a gig in South Carolina. DJ AM was the only other survivor of a crash that killed four.

Barker sustained second- and third-degree burns on his lower body and torso, prompting him to break his vegan diet and start eating the good stuff in order to build protein and heal faster. The skinsman lost some tattoos in the ordeal, but made a full recovery. In fact, he was back in the studio only a month after the crash.

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6. Ozzy Osbourne
We're not sure whose bright idea it was to put Ozzy Osbourne on a four-wheeler, but the insipid plan had tragic consequences back in 2003. The Prince of Fucking Darkness was tooling around on the ATV on his Birmingham estate when -- what do you know! -- he flipped it, causing critical internal injuries when the vehicle landed on him.

Ozzy's wife Sharon told the press that her husband stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated. The Ozzman had broken eight ribs, his collarbone and a vertebra. His lungs filled with blood as he was rushed to the hospital and placed on a ventilator.

The ultimate rock and roll survivor, Ozzy took the accident in stride, recovering from his injuries and likely enjoying his pain medication very much. Sharon had him back on the road in no time.

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5. Baroness
The most recent horrific accident on our list belongs to Baroness, the Georgia alt-metal band that released the epically long double album Yellow & Green in 2012. The brakes failed on the group's bus near Bath, England, sending the vehicle plummeting down a viaduct. It was pretty spectacular: Guitarist/vocalist John Baizley later described ploughing through a guardrail and "20 or 30 trees" as the bus flew more than 30 feet off of the viaduct to the ground below.

While the band is still recovering -- Baizley's arm was rebuilt after being shattered in six places -- the singer vows that Baroness will return to the stage as soon as possible. "Baroness doesn't stop because we got hurt on the way to work," he says, making him sound like a justifiably stone-cold badass.

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Regarding Rick Allen's car crash. He WAS wearing his seatlbelt. The problem was, from what Ive read, he either didnt fasten it completely or the latch was faulty.

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I love that Mustaine claimed he lost the use of his arm after a motorcycle accident--those oh-so-kewl rockers and their Harley scooters--come to find out he just slept funny.

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Some honorable mentions: country singer Barbara Mandrell and her children surviving a head-on collision in 1984; Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings recovering from serious injuries sustained in a spring 1969 van crash that killed Thompson's costume designer girlfriend Jeanyne Franklin and Martin Lamble, drummer of Thompson and Hutchings' band band Fairport Convention; Nancy Nevins reuniting with her band Sweetwater more than two decades after she and her friend were broadsided by a drunk driver December 8, 1969, critically injuring her and causing her voice to drop by half of what it once was; and producer emeritus Quincy Jones, who enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thirty-plus years after he was found with a double-brain aneurysm that would have ended his great life and career had it not been removed in time.


@DSchiller That what the man says, but I'm not sure I buy it. Then again, he was there and I wasn't.


@MadMac Could be that he was shy about admitting his 14th or 15th trip to rehab. It's not like he was a young kid paying for some mistakes by that point -- he was already officially old when he screwed up his arm. 

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