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Vivian Campbell On His Health/New Studio Album - Audio

Wednesday, 23rd April 2014

Vivian Campbell Sheffield 2008.
Pic By DefDazz/Darren

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was interviewed by 98.7 The Gater radio on 21st April and talked about his health and the next studio album.

Vivian talked about the Summer Tour 2014, how the tour came about, Last In Line's recording sessions, his health and the 2015 studio album recording process.

Unfortunately Vivian won't attend the May recording session in Dublin due to health issues which were explained by Phil Collen in another radio interview.

Listen to the full 6 minute interview below.

Tyson - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

2015 Studio Album

"Yes we are it's a busy year all round. We got together in Ireland at Joe's studio in Dublin for all of February. We were there for just over four weeks And we actually set up and played real time the five of us which is not something we normally do in the studio. In fact we hadn't done that since the Slang record. And that was great. I personally prefer it when the band works that way because we tend to capture more of our rock element when we do that. And that's exactly what we did like within the first week we had I think four rock songs done. And that was something that we consciously wanted to do for a new Leppard record was to try and make sure we covered the rock element."

"So that was the first and the easiest part of it and then it gets a little bit more difficult because then we're starting to write to order. Then we're starting to you know analyse - well what kind of a song do we need next. This kind of thing and then you know this is where it starts annoying me personally because it becomes more about the thought process than the creative process you know but it's inevitable that Leppard goes through this every time we make a record we go through this to varying degrees."

"So we're doing this record in kind of instalments. Our next instalment is in May in Dublin. Unfortunately I won't be going there for May cause I've got some medical issues I've gotta take care of before the tour. But then our third and final instalment will be in November to finish up the record and we're hoping for a release for early Spring 2015."

His Health Situation

"I'm doing good it seems to be kind of coming back again but I mean I'm not concerned about it it's just a process and it always was a little bit touch and go. But you know it's just a process to get through. I mean like I say it's absolutely nothing I'm concerned about but it's something I need to start a process. I need to get a handle on so that I'm free and clear for the tour this summer so - all good you know what I mean."