That time I asked Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark what he liked so much about Gibsons

By Steve Newton

My nephew Jeff has been letting me borrow his Gibson Les Paul Standard for a while now, and, holy crap, is that one killer instrument!

You wouldn’t have gotten an argument about that from Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark, who used Gibson guitars to craft some of the band’s finest riffs before tragically dying in 1991 at the age of 30 from a mix of alcohol and prescription pain medication.

When I interviewed him three years before his passing, “Steamin” Steve was flying high. Def Leppard was touring behind its Hysteria album, which would go on to sell 25 million copies, and he was rockin’ it big time.

At one point in the interview I mentioned that Hysteria‘s liner notes include the claim that “Steve will only ever play Gibson guitars”, so I asked him what he liked so much about Gibson.

Not surprisingly, his “hero” Jimmy Page comes up.

Have a listen:

 

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