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Vivian Campbell On New Album/Unique Event Coming January 2016 - Audio

Thursday, 19th March 2015

Vivian Campbell Sheffield 2008.
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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by Robin LeRose of Rock 101 radio and the full audio is available.

Vivian talked about his daughters/listening to music, the 2015 world tour, announcement coming for January, setlist, the 2015 album, his health, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, plagiarism issues in music and touring with Whitesnake in 1987/1988.

Vivian again says the album won't be out until the second half of the year and talks about a unique event to be announced for January 2016. An event that was already briefly announced (Aquamania cruise).

Listen to the full 10 minute interview via the link below.

Visit the Album News section. For more news on new music (based on band member quotes) dating back to January 2011.

Visit the 2015 Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

Rock 101 - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

2015 World Tour

"It's a very busy year. We haven't had a year like this probably since 2008. We are going around the world starting in Canada and then we go to Europe for three of four weeks. Then we start a massive American tour of 50 - close to 50 shows or something I think. And then we're going to Japan. Quite possibly Australia, New Zealand and then we're going to the UK in December. And then we're gonna do something unique that we've never done before next January which will be announced very soon. And on top of all of that we have a new record coming out later in the year. So it's a busy time for us indeed."

2015 Studio Album

"It is just about finished yeah. It's not mixed and mastered yet and all the packaging and the artwork and stuff. So we're not in a hurry to release it. It won't be out until the second half of the year for sure. But it will definitely be released in 2015. And it's a great record actually. You know for those that know I'm the new guy in Def Leppard. I've been with the band for 23 years. But I've gotta say in the 23 years I've been the Ronnie Wood of Def Leppard this is the best record that we've made. So I'm real excited about that."

"The bummer is I actually didn't have a lot to do with it. So I think that speaks volumes - they're better off without me!. But it is actually a really, really good record and it's a very diverse record too. And it touches strongly on the rock element of the band which was the first box that we ticked when we were doing it. We set up live in the studio when we first started recording on this record. Which we haven't done since '96 and the Slang record. But we wanted to do that because we're such a really, really strong live band. but we really wanted to capture some of that dynamic that you can't really do if you do it piece meal bit by bit. You know the normal way that we record. So we went in and just did it old school for a while."

"And then after that, yeah we got on to the more painful process. The more analytical and thoughtful production parts of the record which is like pulling teeth frankly."

"But I get that it's horses for courses and Leppard's a very production savvy band and there's only so much you can do, doing it old school when you're Def Leppard. I've been dealing with some health issues too the last couple of years. So I kinda missed a big part of the record. I missed the whole middle section. The record was done in three instalments over a year in Dublin. I was there for the first one and I was there for the last one but I missed the whole middle part which was probably the most difficult part. I'm kind of thankful I missed it actually, I was doing chemo."