When asked why we ordinary folks were fans of Steve Clark and what we liked about him as a musician and guitarist here’s what we had to say:
Steve was a true musician/player. To define what I mean by that; musicians write great music, they sometimes fail to be great players…there are great musicians out there that when it comes time to play a guitar solo…it just goes to ####…. then there are a ton of players… these guys/gals can play extremely fast, technically, and could copy just about anyone… you see them all the time in the cover bands, they could play Yngwie or Lynch almost note for note… but their writing lacks… you see this today in a lot of the 80’s band with “replacements”, yeah when they play their classic music, they can play the leads note for note, but the big difference is that all of the new material sucks. It is much more difficult to be both…to write a great riff, to turn that riff (orchestrate) into a song, and create a solo in the middle that fits the song just perfect… I would say less than ten of the 80’s guitarists that made it big would fit into that category…and of those… Steve was one of the best. Steve also had great stage presence… he always gave the audience 110%, he lived the music on stage; it was his music, and you could tell. Steve was an emotional player, he played from the depths of his soul…that’s why he was so fond of Jimmy, Jimmy was a demon on guitar… their guitars bled with emotion… and Steve looked cool (I know all you females say he was “hot”, but in a non-fag kind of way… he had great stage appearance, and looked rock and roll). He was the heart and soul of Leppard during their prime; his death was untimely and very tragic. That was the day the music died for Lep.
Thanks Robert! At least that’s something from a male fan. 😉 I love technical and not-so-technical views. You see, I’m a figure-skating fanatic, and in competitions, a lot of commentators would compare a top athlete/team against his/their rivals. I’d like to hear more of that kind of input from you guys.