Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell Comments on his Cancer Treatment ‘I’m feeling rather Spiffy, all things considered’. Northern Irish music legend Vivian Campbell has spoken out about the cancer treatment he has been receiving for the last few months.
Fans across the globe of the guitarist were shocked to hear this week that their hero had been diagnosed with Hodkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year and is currently a third of the way through a six month chemotherapy program.
In remarkably chirpy form the 50 year old rocker jokingly said. ‘If you are going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have. It has a 80% success rate’. And continued that he is indeed ‘Feeling rather spiffy, all things considered’.
Not a man to let things beat him Campbell continues to play with Def Leppard and has no plans to lessen his schedule. He is also set to embark on a series of dates with former original members of rock band Dio (entitled Last in Line) this summer too.
Having met Vivian a number of times over the years (he used to be in a band with an old friend and would drop by our local any time he was in town) your reviewer is so happy to hear that he is not letting this serious condition get him down. My thoughts and those of the entire Fame magazine team are with him and his family at this time.
Guitarist Vivian has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992. When he was drafted in to replace the late Steve Clark. He has also been a member of Dio, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy in his long and successful music career.
Def Leppard have recently completed a series of show in Las Vegas (where they as reported here previously performed their album Hysteria in track order and a number of rare tracks too). Vivian to his credit only missed one days practice due to his treatment, during this series of live shows.
He is now looking forward to the Bands June performance, Last in Line tour and what ever else the year has in store for him.
At present one major thing on the Leppard radar is the re-recording of their entire back catalogue. This has come to light as the band protested at what they felt were insufficient royalties from their record label Universal.
We as always will keep you our readers informed as to how Vivian progresses, the Def Leppard and Last in Line shows, and of course any other rock/pop news.
The Last in Line tour is scheduled to hit NI shores this August 8th 2013 in Belfast’s Limelight venue. Fame will of course be there to review this iconic event, tickets are on sale now.
By Phil Allely
Photo by Ash Newell