Eric Allen began his career in percussion with a proverbial bang (no pun intended). He was spotted at the age of eleven while doing outreach work in south central Los Angeles by an advertising executive for Wuhan Percussion, who after taking one look at him decided that this was the kind of child that America would love to see run headfirst into one of the company's gongs. This advertising campaign was wildly popular for approximately two weeks (Eric even became a bit of a cult figure in the high stakes world of professional gong playing) at which time Wuhan decided he had outgrown his initial child like appeal and turned him out of their studios.
Eric however was hooked. He knew that the only way he could go through life was by hitting things, and since he was obviously too scrawny to be a prizefighter, and not rich enough to marry Whitney Houston, the world of percussion beckoned like a beacon in the night. Eric started out playing in various elementary and middle school orchestras, but the life of resting for 45 measures followed by playing two measures of quarter notes, did not satiate his creative impulses. At the age of thirteen he began dabbling in progressive rock, even going as far as forming a Rush tribute band with two friends. Though moderately successful the band broke up after deciding that the bass player did not posses a sufficient love of obscure science fiction, the works of Ayn Rand, or mullets to do justice to the superlative music of that legendary Toronto Trio.