Thursday, September 3, 2009

Song of the Day: Rock of Ages (Def Leppard)

One of the staples of Top-40 rock in the mid-80s, and still one of my favorite songs after all this time. It's the 7th track on Def Lep's "Pyromania" album--their best work overall.

When I went into Basic Training in 1986, I carried the entire album around in my head. When we were marched to a mandatory chorale performance in November of that year, I cued up my mental record player and probably started with "Rock of Ages."

Phil Collen and Steve "Steamin' " Clark trade guitar duties. I've never learned enough about the band to know which of them is playing the solo, but I saw Collen play it in a live gig. Let's just say it was him.

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