“At first even strolling was a trial, however I locked myself away in a room at my mother and father’ home in Dronfield and simply performed and performed.
“There have been occasions once I thought I simply couldn’t do it and wished to twist up right into a ball and quit. But I persevered.
Allen continued to practise on a specifically designed electrical package, usually in a separate studio to his bandmates, who at no level sought a full-time substitute for him.
Jeff Rich, one other drummer, acted as a stand-in for Allen, taking part in alongside him at gigs and in rehearsals.
According to Allen, Rich missed a flight to hitch them for a gig in Ireland, so Allen performed alone, displaying his bandmates what he may do.