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42 Years Ago Guitarist STEVE CLARK Joins DEF LEPPARD In Sheffield

Def Leppard 1989. SScreenshot

Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark joined the band 42 years ago today at a rehearsal in Sheffield, England.

Steve attended a band rehearsal at the Spoon Factory near Bramall Lane and got the job as the new second guitarist.

He is shown on the roof of the buildings in the picture above whilst filming the 1989 'Rock Of Ages' documentary for the BBC (footage that wasn't used but was briefly included in the Classic Albums Hysteria episode).

Steve was fifth member to join the band and together with Pete Willis he helped form the unique twin guitar sound.

This would be taken to another level when he teamed up with fellow 'Terror Twin' Phil Collen after he joined the band in July 1982.

Sadly that classic partnership would only last for two world tours and one full album, 'Hysteria' before Steve's tragic death in January 1991 in London.

Steve's first show was the band's debut public performance on 18th July 1978 in Mosborough/Sheffield.

The last full concert was on 27th October 1988 in Tacoma, WA.

It's a sad and strange fact that this anniversary falls in the same month as his death and funeral.

Below are a couple of quotes about Steve joining from the 1987 'Animal Instinct' biography.

Def Leppard 1991.

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