How Steve Clark's Death Affected Def Leppard

10/31/2011
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(hennemusic) Losing anyone in your life is traumatic enough, but when friendship is mixed with business, things are complicated on many levels when someone in your inner circle passes away.

When Def Leppard guitarist Steve "Steamin'" Clark died in January of 1991, he was on a six-month leave of absence from the group, trying to deal with a downward spiral in his life brought on by addiction. Clark's death of an overdose of a combination of alcohol and multiple prescription drugs, at the age of 30, was a shock to his family, friends, and the band who were in the middle of recording the "Adrenalize" album.

In part 20 of their month-long fan Q&A series, Leppard are asked, "What changes physically and mentally went on with the band after the tragic loss of Steve Clark?" Joe Elliott and Phil Collen explain here.

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