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, released in 1987, topped the U.S a nd 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 100 nummber one “Love Bites”, alongside Pour Some Sugar on Me , “Hysteria”,Armaggeddon It , “Animal” Rocket“., Gods of War and Women.
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. Sadly though Clark died 8 January 1993 however he was replaced by Vivian Campbell who has remained with Def Leppard ever since.
In 2015 the album Def Leppard was released as part of a limited edition Fan Pack containing Magazines, Prints, a keyring as well as a CD of the album itself containing the songs Let’s Go, Dangerous, Man Enough, We Belong, Invincible, Sea of Love, Energized, All Time High, Battle of My own, Broke’n Brokenhearted, Forever Young, Last Dance, Wings of an Angel and Blind Faith plus two alternative Mixes of We Belong and Let’s Go. In November 2018 Def Leppard released the career spanning retrospective album ” The best of Def Leppard- The Story So far” this three CD collection contains Remastered versions of all the hits, plus out takes, demos and rare and alternative mixes of all Def Leppard best songs.