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 media platforms where you can enjoy some great memories, images, chat and more in honour of the Great Man.
As always Steve, you are very much loved and hugely missed. Happy birthday Maynard!
The “Love Bites” Fender Stratocaster which Steve used for said track in both the video for the single and on the Hysteria Tour has gatecrashed the Gibson party in the digital vector gallery.
You can visit the galleries here.
Every avid follower of the Steve Clark era of Def Leppard is no doubt aware of the “recording sections of the album string by string” method under the Mutt Lange productions. Back in the day it was talked about often in interviews around the time of Hysteria’s release, but only briefly.
The latest video from Ben (bwm5150) is an analysis of this method and also provides us with some more insight into some of the different writing styles and methods from Steve. He also demonstrates the difference in sound that this specific recording method produces versus the “conventional” method.
Very interesting. Thanks Ben.
That’s right. Apparently legendary rock superstar and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant had been to a Def Leppard show while they were on one of their US legs of their Hysteria World Tour in 1988 and after the gig he asked Steve to join his band.
Ross Halfin, who was one of the main photographers of Def Leppard back in the 80’s was on that tour and was there the night Plant spoke with Steve.
He says: “Steve Clark and I were always very close. He was a true friend of mine.
In Chicago, Robert Plant came to see the show and after watching Steve, Plant asked Steve to join his band. Steve seriously considered this…”
Halfin, however suggested Steve should stay with Def Leppard – a much bigger and better band.
[SOURCE: Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History by Ross Halfin].
Phil Collen has also stated that Robert Plant was interested in and wanted to have Steve join him at one time, during his mini video series “All About Steve Clark” in 2011. When he is asked the question – Did Steve ever consider working or playing with other musicians as a guest musician and Do you think at some point he might have done a solo album/project?, in his answer he mentions the Robert Plant connection: “I know that, em, Robert Plant wanted Steve to play with him at some point”, and he tags on “I think” to the end of that sentence. 😉
[SOURCE: All about Steve Clark Part 2. At 4 min 37 sec.]
For Steve Clark fans, this is actually very big news!! Huge news! Robert Plant wanted Steve Clark!
Rock Stars don’t come much bigger than that. It’s interesting as to why this has never been mentioned before. I would love to have known what Robert Plant had said to Steve and what ideas were in his mind at the time.
I’d also loved to have known what Steve’s own private thoughts about this would’ve been. Such an amazing opportunity for him, to have been able to have had a chance of working with one of his heroes and exploring new musical avenues, To me, this is the type of thing that would’ve been right up Steve’s street.
Big thanks to Lorelei Shellist for sharing some more of her private collection of photos and memories of our beloved Steve. She’s put together a video montage of their trip to Antigua in 1988.
It’s wonderful to see these photos. They look happy, which is what I like as a lot of people seem to have this idea that Steve was constantly miserable. No, he wasn’t. He had a lot of fun and happy times throughout his life. This is the way he should be remembered. 🙂
Lorelei says: “In honor of the 26th year of Steve’s passing I thought I would share memories and photographs from a trip we made to Antigua in 1988. These pictures were taken with a tiny little Minox camera that I bought Steve. It was a sort of James Bond kind of camera that fit in the pocket of his jeans. In these photographs you will see Steve Crotty from Pizzas in Paradise, his daughter India, Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze, Bad Company guitarist Simon Kirk, Tour agent Brooks Ogden, and me! Sharing happy times of our #steveclark #ripsteveclark #antigua #defleppard #guitarplayermagazine #Squeeze #badcompany #glenntillbrook #switch625”
Posted by Lorelei Shellist on Saturday, January 7, 2017
8th January 2017
How time keeps on passing, but the memories never dim, never fade. We remember the Great Man Steve Clark on the 26th anniversary of his untimely passing and appreciate the music and joy he brought to so many people. And that super-bright dazzling smile. 🙂
Please take a moment to reflect by visiting the Anniversary Page where you can listen to the greatest song to ever be dedicated to Steve, Tesla’s “Song and Emotion”.
Thanks Tesla. And Thank You.
DEF LEPPARD – IN THE 80’s ALBUM @ iTUNES
There’s a new “album” listed on iTunes under Def Leppard titled “In The 80’s” with an early photo of the band featuring Pete Willis.
It turns out that this is an interview with Steve Clark during the Hysteria World Tour circa 1988, presumably somewhere in the US?
It’s wonderful to hear Steve’s voice as the audio is quite clear sounding.
It seems that whoever uploaded this audio has edited it in some way as the questions that are being put to Steve are cut for the most part and so all you are hearing is Steve’s answers, which means he’s changing from subject to subject instantly. This makes it a little bit tricky to follow in places, but on the whole you can follow it well.
I don’t believe it’s an official release as there would’ve been more detail about it or something said about it by the band somewhere.
There’s not much detail at all about the exact when and whereabouts of this interview unfortunately. The only other information available seems to be the ‘release date’ of 18th November 2016 and 2016 Greater London Ltd.
Anyway, it’s a great listen. It’s priced at £7.99 GBP on iTunes.
Def Leppard – In The 80s @ iTunes iTunes Store GB
Def Leppard – In The 80s @ Amazon UK Amazon UK
The audio CD will be released on 9th December and is available for pre-order now.
MAKING HYSTERIA – CREATING HISTORY
One of the most common questions asked about the Hysteria album by guitar players and musicians is: “How do you get the Hysteria album sound?”
Of course that questions is not one that can be answered easily, but thanks to former Def Leppard guitar tech Mike Rogers and his brilliant book Fabulist Icons: A Fragment of Rock and Roll Life, we can fill in some of the pieces of the “sound jigsaw” that have been missing from this puzzle. Click here to find out what pieces of equipment Steve and the lads were messing around with during the Hysteria recording sessions that helped create the 1987 masterpiece!
Check out this excellent video from bwm5150 in which he demo’s Steve’s guitar parts for Love Bites based on how Steve played it live on the Hysteria World Tour.
It’s another Steve Clark Guitar “exclusive” which was recorded for the 25th Anniversary of Steve’s passing back in January this year. Ben uses a 1987 “Steve Clark replica” Fender Stratocaster, just like the one Steve used himself in the official Love Bites video and on tour – same colour: Gunmetal Blue, Rosewood fretboard, Bill Lawrence pick-ups, modified wiring for alternative pick-up configurations and paper-in-oil capacitors. Steve’s guitar was fitted with a Kahler Fulcrum “Traditional Series” 2520 tremolo – a now-discontinued model. The one here in this video is fitted with a Super-Vee BladeRunner.
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