• STEAMIN’ SOLOS

A COMPLETE LIST OF WHO PLAYS WHAT SOLO ON WHAT SONG

In Clark-era Def Leppard
THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS COMPILED BY HURRICANE JOE – A MUSICIAN WHO PLAYS GUITAR AND WRITES AND RECORDS HIS OWN MUSIC, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HE’S A DEDICATED AND LOYAL FAN OF STEVE ‘STEAMIN’ ‘ CLARK.
WE DO NOT CLAIM ANY OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE TO BE OFFICIAL OR CORRECT, BUT FROM HURRICANE’S YEARS OF STUDY ON STEVE AND HIS MUSIC, WE RECKON IT’S ABOUT PRETTY DAMN CLOSE.

Hi. My name is Joseph Scott aka “Hurricane Joe”. I have been a fan of Steve Clark ever since I saw the High ‘N’ Dry videos back in 1982. Even though I couldn’t play guitar at the time, I always thought that Steve was a great player simply from what I was seeing on Bringin’ on the Heartbreak and Let It Go. After I saw Steve live in 1987 – New Year’s Eve in Tampa, Florida I decided one day I would play guitar. That’s when I really began to study Steve’s style.

I will admit, if you just listen to Steve on album, sometimes it may be difficult to distinguish who plays what. The real light comes on when you see or hear the band live. When you get a soundboard recording, and you have one guitarist in one ear, and the other guitarist in the other ear, that’s when you learn the most. You find a song that you know Steve plays the solo in, and then you listen more carefully to that ear to distinguish who plays what.

Using that technique I was able to identify many of Steve’s solos. Use that along with interviews, and then you start to get an appreciation for Steve’s style, and it becomes easier and easier to tell who’s who.

In the early days, Pete Willis especially used a ‘wah wah’ pedal on almost all of his solos. Steve rarely used one; exceptions are It Don’t Matter and When the Walls Came Tumblin’ Down, – so usually when you hear a ‘wah wah’ in the pre-Phil days, that’s Pete – everything else is Steve.

When it comes to Steve and Phil, it’s much clearer I think. Phil plays speedy triplets with more tremolo screams. Steve bends a lot more than Phil, with less tremolo. Those are guitar terms, but the more you listen to the different solos – especially live, you will know what I mean.

I want to stress that live is the way to distinguish the styles, not necessarily studio work. Many times they use different guitars, play each others parts and do overdubs, which wouldn’t happen in a live setting. For instance, Pete Willis didn’t use the ‘wah wah’ so pronounced on record. When he played live, that’s all you heard. Steve rarely played fast triplets on record, but live Steve was a much more flashier player. You need to listen to Def Leppard live to appreciate Steve’s style.

THE LIST

  • UNRELEASED MATERIAL

    Answer To The Master [demo] – 1st lick at musical break Steve, 1st solo Steve, 2nd Pete

    Heat Street – Pete

    Medicine Man – Pete

    Good Morning Freedom – Pete

    Warchild – Pete

    See The Lights – Steve

    Glad I’m Alive – 1st Pete, 2nd Steve, 3rd Pete, 4th Steve

    Misty Dreamer – 1st solo Steve, 2nd Pete

    Beyond The Temple – 1st solo Steve, 2nd Sav on bass, 3rd Pete

    Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) [demo] – Steve

    THE DEF LEPPARD E.P.

    Ride Into The Sun – Pete

    Getcha Rocks Off – Steve

    The Overture – 1st Steve, 2nd Steve, 3rd Pete, 4th Steve

  • ON THROUGH THE NIGHT

    Rock Brigade – Pete

    Hello America – Steve

    Sorrow is A Woman – 1st Steve, 2nd Pete, 3rd duo

    It Could Be You – Pete

    Satellite – Pete main solo, Steve ride out lick after the last verse

    When The Walls Came Tumblin’ Down – Steve

    Wasted – Steve

    Rocks Off – Steve

    It Don’t Matter – Steve

    Answer To The Master – 1st Steve, 2nd Pete

    Overture – 1st solo Steve, 2nd Steve, 3rd Pete, 4th Steve

  • HIGH ‘N’ DRY

    Let It Go – Steve – main solo, solo at last chorus – ride out solo Pete

    Another Hit And Run – Steve main lead, 1st solo – 2nd solo Pete

    High ‘N’ Dry (Saturday Night) – Pete

    Bringin’ On The Heartbreak – Steve

    Switch 625 – Steve

    You Got Me Runnin’ – Steve

    Lady Strange – Steve

    On Through The Night – Steve

    Mirror Mirror – Steve

    No No No – Pete

    Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (1984 remix) – Steve

    Me And My Wine (1984 remix) – Steve

  • PYROMANIA

    Rock! Rock! ‘Till You Drop – Phil

    Photograph – Phil

    Stagefright – Phil

    Too Late For Love – Steve

    Die Hard The Hunter – Steve

    Foolin’ – Phil

    Rock Of Ages – Phil (Phil and Steve play the lead in the final verse)

    Comin’ Under Fire – Steve

    Action Not Words – Solo after second chorus Steve, main solo Phil

    Billy’s Got A Gun – Steve

  • HYSTERIA

    Women – Phil – Steve does a solo during the final chorus, then Phil again for the ride out

    Rocket – Phil and Steve

    Animal – Phil

    Love Bites – Steve

    Pour Some Sugar On Me – Steve and Phil, Steve does ride out

    Armageddon It – Steve main solo, Phil ride out

    Gods Of War – Steve

    Don’t Shoot Shotgun – Steve

    Run Riot – Phil

    Hysteria – Steve and Phil, Steve does ride out

    Excitable – Steve and Phil

    Love And Affection – Phil main, Steve does ride out

  • RETRO ACTIVE

    Desert Song – 1st solo Phil, 2nd Steve

    Fractured Love – Steve main, Phil ride out

    Ride Into The Sun [1987 remix] – Phil

    Ring Of Fire – Phil main, Steve ride out

    I Wanna Be Your Hero – Steve

    MISCELLANEOUS

    When Love And Hate Collide [demo] – Steve

    Tonight [demo] – Phil

    Photograph [live on tour] – Steve does the ride out solo

    Travelin’ Band [live on tour] – Steve does main solo, then it’s back and forth, Phil, Steve, Phil, Steve, Phil, Steve, then Steve, Phil

    Lady Strange [live – during OTTN tour] – Steve 1st solo, Pete second