Steve Clark (Def Leppard)
Steve Clark, the former Guitarist with Def Leppard sadly passed away on 8th January 1993. Formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Def Leppard ’s strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album High ‘n’ Dry was produced byRobert John “Mutt” Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album’s stand out track “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” became one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982. The band’s next studio album Pyromania in 1983, with the singles Photograph and Rock of Ages, turned Def Leppard into a household name. In 2004, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Def Leppard’s fourth album Hysteria, was released in 1987 and it topped the U.S and UK album charts. As of 2009 it has 12x platinum sales in the United States, and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. The album contained loads of great songs, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100number one “Love Bites”, alongside Pour Some Sugar on Me , “Hysteria”, Armaggeddon It , “Animal” Rocket“., Gods of War and Women. Sadly though Steve Clark tragically died 8 January 1993. He was eventually replaced by Vivian Campbell who has remained with Def Leppard ever since.
Their next studio album Adrenalize reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and UK Album Chart in 1992, and contained several hits including, “Let’s Get Rocked” and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”. Their 1993 album Retro Active contained the acoustic hit song “Two Steps Behind”, while their greatest hits album Vault released in 1995 featured track “When Love & Hate Collide. Def Leppard’s latest album Def Leppard was released in 2015 as part of a limited edition Fan Pack containing Magazines, Prints, a keyring as well as a CD of the album itself. The album contains the tracks: Let’s Go, Dangerous, Man enough, Invincible, Sea of love, Energized, All time High, Battle of my own, Broke and Broken-hearted, Forever young, Last dance, Wings of an Angel, Blind Faith, We Belong (alternate vocal), Let’s go (UK Radio edit).