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Vivian Campbell Reflects On 24 Wonderful Years In Def Leppard

Thursday, 10th March 2016

Vivian Campbell 2016.
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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by Jim Barber and mentioned his 24th anniversary as a band member.

Vivian talked about Last In Line, the Heavy Crown album, band history, DIO, his health, playing guitar in Def Leppard and the new Def Leppard studio album.

Vivian mentions his 24th anniversary as a member of the band.

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Music Life Magazine - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

His Health Situation

"Itís an ongoing thing now. When you first get diagnosed, you freak out and start thinking the worst. But now itís part of my routine. Itís like going to the doctor or the dentist. Itís just something I do, itís maintenance, essentially. Itís managing the illness. I have done chemo three times and had a stem cell transplant and the cancer keeps coming back. So thatís the bad news; the good news is that I was diagnosed fairly early, so I am one step ahead of it Ė I always have been and I will continue to be. And I refuse to capitulate to this disease and alter my lifestyle in any way at all or allow it to affect my happiness."

Being The New Guy In Def Leppard

"Itís always been a slightly difficult situation because there was so much history in Def Leppard and so much success before I was even part of the band. And furthermore, I am not just joining the band, but I am there to replace their friend who died. So thatís always going to be strange. I have always felt like a little bit of an outsider because thereís always a point in the conversation on any given day where they are referring to a situation or experience that I didnít share. And itís okay; itís totally natural and normal and I donít begrudge that in any way shape or form. They have been great and itís been a wonderful 24 years."

The New Def Leppard Studio Album

"I do believe that album is the best Def Leppard album that the band has made in my tenure. And the irony is itís by far the one Iíve had the least to do with. So I think the universe is telling me something, like I need to just let the other four get on with it and just not interfere with their magic."

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