Steve Clark was born in Sheffield, England and is most notably known for being a member of the insanely popular British rock band – Def Leppard. Steve was with the band from 1978 until his untimely death from alcohol poisoning in 1991.
Before joining Def Leppard, Clark was part of a small cover band group called Electric Chicken. As fate would have it in 1978, Steve met Def Leppard original guitarist Pete Willis at a technical college. Willis invited the young Clark to come audition for his band, as Def Leppard was looking to add a second guitarist. Surprisingly, Clark never showed up for the audition. But, Willis and Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliot ran into Clark again at a Judas Priest concert and again asked him to come audition. This time, Clark decided to take a chance and went to the audition – playing all of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird without accompaniment. The band loved Clark and he officially became co-lead guitarist and principal music writer for Def Leppard in 1978.
Clark soon gained the nickname “The Riffmaster” as he greatly contributed to the Def Leppard’s music and lyrics. He was a major component of the group’s most successful albums – “Pyromania” (1983), “Hysteria” (1987) and “Adrenalize” (1992).
Unfortunately, Steve Clark met an untimely death from respiratory failure, caused by the compression of the brain stem due to excessive intake of alcohol and prescription drugs. Steve was just 30 years of age when he passed.
Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield,
South Yorkshire, S6 4TD England
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