On This Day in 1960, Steve Clark Was Born

On this day in 1960, April 23, original Leppard guitarist Steve Clark was born. Gone but not forgotten, Steve would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.


In celebration of Steve’s life and legacy, head to the Leppard Vault to explore brand new Steve photographs – some never seen before 🙏

📸: Ross Halfin

Steve Clark Trunk and Photo Prints – Leppard Vault

Last week, Steve Clark’s Trunk Collection opened on the Def Leppard Vault – including useful items, favorite collections, photos, and sentimental objects.

Head to LeppardVault.com to explore the photos, artifacts, and stories in the STEVE CLARK COLLECTION 🤘

Celebrate Steve Clark’s legacy with three photo prints from the Leppard Vault – available for purchase exclusively in the Vault for a limited time until this Friday February 5th.

30th Anniversary of Steve Clark’s Passing – Fan Q&A With Phil Collen

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Steve Clark’s passing today, here is a special Fan Q&A from Phil to you. A special Steve Clark collection will be added to the Def Leppard Vault coming soon.

Watch here:

Happy Birthday Steve Clark / From The Archives “Rockpop In Concert“

In honor of Steve Clark’s Birthday today (born 23 April), we present to you from the archives, Def Leppard performing on the German TV show “Rockpop In Concert“ broadcast by ZDF network on 4th February, 1984. This restored & remastered performance was originally shot on 18 December 1983 in Dortmund, Germany at the Rock Pop Festival.  This unique and rare performance on the cult show „Rockpop In Concert“ was one of the last dates of the band’s “Pyromania World Tour“.

New #Hysteria30 Spotify Playlist

Crank up the brand new #Hysteria30 Spotify playlist with us and celebrate the weekend.

Listen and follow below!

JOE ELLIOTT & RICK SAVAGE on “In The Studio”

It is like a Greatest Hits package all on its own: Def Leppard‘s July 1987 Hysteria  album, one of the most popular albums ever at an estimated twenty-five million copies, yet as Joe Elliott and Rick Savage remind us, it is a miracle that it ever was finished. You can’t make this stuff up. The epic saga revealed behind “Pour Some Sugar on Me”,”Love Bites”,”Animal”,”Women”,”Armageddon It“, and “Hysteria” on the album’s 30th anniversary. After World War II the worldwide success of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cream, and a bit later Led Zeppelin all had a profoundly positive effect on the British self-esteem. All of these predecessors of Def Leppard were almost entirely influenced musically by the blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music of African-Americans, yet it is most telling that when the Sheffield England quintet compiled an all-covers tribute album a few years ago made up of their most-loved  formative impressions, all but one were by white British musicians….

Read the full band interview and listen to Rick Savage & Joe Elliott discuss the album HERE

Def Leppard Featured in Forbes

Def Leppard Celebrate Thirty Years Of ‘Hysteria’

Def Leppard are in select company, alongside such acts as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles,  as one of the few rock bands to have multiple diamond record certifications, for 10 million albums sold. The British hard rock band scored back to back smashes in the ‘80s with 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria.

Ask frontman Joe Elliott and it is the latter that defined the band’s first decade unquestionably. To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Hysteria, the band is releasing multiple deluxe editions of the set, including a five-CD box set.

I spoke with Elliott about the new edition of Hysteria, revisiting the album after three decades, why it’s endured as long as it has and why he doesn’t offer advice to other artists after four decades in rock…..

Read the full interview with Joe Elliott on Forbes HERE

CELEBRATE HYSTERIA’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Oh can you feel it, do you believe it? On this day 30 years ago we released the album HYSTERIA. Celebrate with us on social media with the hashtag #Hysteria30 and check out all of the action below!

Watch the new documentary

Order Hysteria 30th Anniversary Editions out tomorrow

Join the Hysteria Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Super Deluxe Box Set

Tune in later today for a live Facebook Q&A with Joe Elliott at 7:15 GMT / 2:15 EST HERE

New Billboard.com Interview w/ Band & Hysteria Recording Team

Read now the brand new Billboard interview with the band and recording team on what it took to make Hysteria.

Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ Turns 30: An Oral History of the Album’s Painful Path to Victory
By: Melinda Newman

Hysteria, a meticulously crafted rock masterpiece infused with elements of pop, new wave, glam, and even rap, turned into one of the defining albums of the ’80s, certified 12x platinum by the RIAA and named the No. 25 biggest album ever on the Billboard 200 chart in 2015. The album spawned an extraordinary seven hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — including an impressive six top 20-charting smashes. Among those: the top 10s “Hysteria” (No. 10), “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (No. 2), “Love Bites” (their sole No. 1) and “Armageddon It” (No. 3). In the end, Hysteria spent 78 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart — the most weeks spent in the top 10 for an album by a rock band in the chart’s 61-year history.

However, its success was far from certain when it came out Aug. 3, 1987.

In all new interviews, the remaining band members — guitarist Steve Clark died in 1991 — and others involved in the album’s creation and marketing talk about the long road fraught with doubt, pain, joy, drama, misadventures and, ultimately, tremendous triumph. For the first time since Hysteria’s release, recording engineer Nigel Green discusses the groundbreaking, innovative wizardry devised in the studio long before the existence of Pro Tools……

READ THE FULL BILLBOARD ARTICLE HERE