This lead to the creation of his electronic drum kit. This drum kit would allow him to use his left foot to play the beats his left hand would usually create. And from then on, he became known as the Thunder God. His return to the drums was the greatest come back ever in the history of rock 'n' roll.
And little annoyances like trying to slice bread ends aside, Rick doesn't see himself as disadvantaged, and has "no patience for people who treat me any differently."
After relying on an electronic drum kit for 11 years, he has moved up to playing an acoustic kit on Slang! As Phil put it, "When we heard Rick playing a real drum kit (after using electronic drums for 11 years) it kind of set the tone [for the album]. He sounded like someone released from solitary confinement and given total freedom. We said 'Play like Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols on their first album.' So he beat the crap out of his drum kit and it was perfect for ["Gift of Flesh"] and others to follow."
Lately he's been busy being a dad and right now, Rick and Def Leppard are currently out of the studio and gearing up to promote their new album X, which is due out July 30, 2002 (in the U.S.)! And like the 1999 Def Leppard release Euphoria, it seems that he used both electronic and acoustic drum kits (the best of both worlds) on the new album too!