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Guitarist Steve Clark Died 22 Years Ago Today

Tuesday, 8th January 2013





Steve Clark Sheffield 1989.
Screenshot by DefDazz/Darren

Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark passed away 22 years ago today in London, England while on leave from the 'Adrenalize' recording sessions.

Steve was part of the band from January 1978 until his untimely death.

Below are a few tributes by way of a photo gallery and some of the band statements made at the time including one about how his death was discovered (before the exact cause was known).

Steve Clark Tribute Gallery

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Joe Elliott Press Statement - 8th January 1991

"Steve joined me, and bassist Rick Savage, to form Def Leppard in January 1978. He was a really quiet, shy, humble, nice, gentle sort of bloke. On stage he was the business, he was very visual and he was very energetic - a great person to be alongside.

"Steve was a very creative person - he was the master of riffs; he wrote some of the best things we've ever done. We'll definitely miss his creative input. We were due to continue recording our new LP today, but obviously that isn't going to happen. But the band will carry on eventually. It was a pleasure to know him for thirteen years and I'll miss him like a brother."

Band Statements - Fan Club 1991

"It is our sad duty to confirm to you that Def Leppard lead guitarist Steve "Steamin" Clark died on the morning of Tuesday 9th January 1991. Aged only 30 Steve was born on April 23rd 1960 and was a founder member of Def Leppard. He was not only a superbly talented guitarist but a magnificent songwriter. Steve's name can be found on the credits for many of Def Leppard's most famous songs 'Photograph', 'Rock Of Ages', 'Foolin'', 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' and the famous Clark classic 'Switch 625' to name a few."

"On the morning of the 8th January 1991, Steve was at his London home with his American girlfriend Janey. Janey came down to the lounge to where Steve was thought to be sleeping on the sofa. It was only then that it was first realised that Steve had sadly and tragically died in his sleep. A very sad, sad moment."

Def Leppard - Steve Clark Band Page

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