AN EXCERPT FROM AN ARTICLE ON GUITARISTS OF THE 80’S
“Guitarist Guide” Axe Grind lists Steve Clark in the top five best guitarists. The full article can be read at The Rock Hole by clicking HERE.
Five of the best:
#4: Steve Clark. Before his untimely passing in 1991, Steve was the man who made sure Def Leppard never strayed too far from their hard rock roots; it’s doubtful that X would have surfaced if he’d been around to have a say in the matter. With his low-slung Les Paul and exaggerated shape-throwing, Steve was always twice as cool as anyone else in Def Leppard could ever be. His off-the-cuff approach and hard riffing had more to do with Jimmy Page than Mutt Lange.
The drawn-out Hysteria sessions and resulting super-slick album were not really the Clark style. He had a combination of melody, feel, and classic rock cool licks that blew mindless widdling out of the water. Steve shines on pre-Hysteria Def Leppard albums and the B-side collection Retroactive.
Defining moment: “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak/ Switch 625” from High ‘N’ Dry, 1981