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WELCOME TO STEVE CLARK GUITAR In Loving Memory

Thank you for visiting. This website is dedicated to the memory of Steve Clark, one of the world’s finest musicians and yet criminally underrated. Steve Clark was one of the founding members of Def Leppard and was responsible for writing the majority of the music for the band during his time with them. Here you can learn about the Def Leppard Legend.

Steve Clark is my guitar hero. Like all the great guitarists in the world, he had something extra special; something that was purely Steve. Just like there is only one Jimmy Page, one Randy Rhoads, one Joe Satriani and one Eric Clapton, there is only one Steve Clark. The late, great Def Leppard man had a distinctive style that was all his own. Steve possessed a magic that was unique to him. There was this aura about him. And he just oozed cool!

He was a musician who knew the rules of music, he was classically trained; a guitar player who wore his heart on his sleeve every time he took to the stage. His soul bled through his guitar. He had the ability to produce the most stunning guitar riffs that would make you go WOW and gasp in awe! And as a showman, Steve was the best! Nobody could play the guitar like Steve “Steamin’” Clark. The Great Man owned the stage and had the audience transfixed on his entertaining performances and musical skills and technique.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was Steve’s idol and Steve spent his whole life playing Zeppelin tunes and copying the moves and shape throwing of Page. So, although Steve was heavily influenced by Page, which is evident when you watch Steve perform, he grew into one of the most individual, talented, musician’s ever to grace planet earth. And, thankfully, God had blessed us with his talents and musical genius, even if it was only for a short time. I believe that without Steve’s creative force, the success of Def Leppard may never have achieved the superstar status they gained in the 1980s. In the words of Def Leppard’s frontman “Steve was like God Almighty on guitar.”

I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it’s the right one, and it will whip the guy with twenty quick notes

~ Les Paul

MAIN FEATURES

STEVE WAS THE MAJOR SONGWRITER IN DEF LEPPARD

STEVE WAS THE MAJOR SONGWRITER IN DEF LEPPARD

This website was created to honour Steve Clark, his legacy as a musician and a gentleman and to educate people about the very major role he had in the creation of Def Leppard’s music and success.

STEVE’S GEAR

STEVE’S GEAR

Introduce yourself to Steve’s guitars, equipment and tastes in gear selection. Find out the spec. for his stage/touring guitars in our in-depth gear section.

STEVE CLARK: THE MUSICIAN

STEVE CLARK: THE MUSICIAN

Understand and learn about Steve Clark – The Musician. Gain insight into some of the song-writing techniques, styles and use of musical knowledge which Steve employed that made him unique

CHECK OUT SOME GREAT INTERVIEWS WITH STEVE

Guitar For The Practicing Musician - Dec 1983

GUITARISTS UNCAGED: From ten bucks a night to twelve bucks a ticket.

Interview with Steve Clark (plus Pete Willis and Phil Collen).

Guitar For The Practicing Musician - Dec 1983Interview by John StixRead more
International Musician & Recording World - Oct 1987

DEF SCAM: History & Hysteria.

An interview with Steve Clark and Phil Collen.

International Musician & Recording World - Oct 1987Interview by Paul HendersonRead more
Guitarist - Jul 1988

DEF LEPPARD: Spot Check

An interview with Steve Clark and Phil Collen

Guitarist - Jul 1988Interview by Nick BowcottRead more
Guitar For The Practicing Musician - Mar 1988

AFTER THE FIRE:

Interview with Def Leppard’s Steve Clark and Phil Collen.

Guitar For The Practicing Musician - Mar 1988Interview by John StixRead more

WATCH VIDEO DEMO CLIPS

View some exclusive video demo clips of “CLARK GUITAR PARTS”  and full Def Leppard covers featuring Steve’s work from bwm5150  like this one here:

LATEST NEWS

STEVE CLARK GIBSON GUITAR TO BE AUCTIONED!

BACKSTAGE AUCTIONS INC. ARE HOSTING A VERY INTERESTING AUCTION: The Def Leppard Hysteria Collectibles Auction goes live from 13th May through to 21st May 2017. And the major highlight of that auction is one Gibson Les Paul Custom formerly owned by The Great Man STEVE CLARK himself. This particular guitar was used by Steve for […]

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STEVE CLARK BIRTHDAY MEMORY – by Lorelei Shellist

Lorelei Shellist, Steve’s former fiancee from back in the day has kindly put together a birthday memories video to honour Steve’s 57th birthday. The footage is simply priceless… taken from an old 80’s Camcorder, the video shows some of Lorelei’s own personal footage of Steve and his Terror Twin Phil Collen being silly, backstage during […]

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23rd April – Steve’s Birthday

Celebration Day! It’s the day of St. George, the Patron Saint of England. It’s also the day that back in 1960, we were blessed with the birth of our Guitar King Steve Clark. This year, Steve would be 57. We remember him here with the annual launch of the Birthday Page and on the accompanying social […]

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