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Vivian Campbell Says Def Leppard Will Tour In 2017/Riverdogs Album Done

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Vivian Campbell 2016.
Pic By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has been interviewed by Hard Rockology and mentioned 2017 touring plans.

Vivian talked about Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Riverdogs history and their new album, how the band folded in the early 90s, DIO, Last In Line, his health, Def Leppard's 2017 tour plans and his Spinal Tap moments on stage.

Vivian says he and the band Riverdogs have finished their reunion album for Frontiers Records which was recorded during this year on breaks from the Def Leppard tour.

The album was confirmed by the band and Frontiers Records back in July.

Vivian also says (briefly) that Def Leppard will tour again in Spring 2017 which is in line with what Phil Collen said earlier this summer. And seemingly ruling out any return to Las Vegas for a residency (for now).

Listen to the full 25 minute interview below.

Part One was mentioned a couple of days ago (not listed as Part 1) with Vivian talking about Last In Line and Def Leppard's musical style.

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

Hard Rckology - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

Def Leppard's 2017 Tour Plans/Last In Line

"We start, Last In Line, we do our first show, we're in Seattle tonight. We just have a very pretty limited number of US shows unfortunately for this year. We're just doing a half dozen shows on the West Coast just over the next week or so. And then we got to Europe for about a month. We're playing in Germany, France, Holland, Czech Republic, Poland, UK and Ireland and we finish early December."

"And Leppard will more than likely tour again in the Spring of 2017, I would think."

Vivian Campbell 2016.
Riverdogs 2016

Riverdogs Reunion Album

"It's in the can. We've already done it. We got together - we, Frontiers Records again. The label that Last In Line are on. They called me and asked if I would be interested in doing another record with Riverdogs but only under the condition that it was a rock influenced record very, very much in the vein of the original Riverdogs debut album from 1990 or '91 whatever year it was."

"So I talked to the other guys. To Nick Brophy and Rob Lamothe, Marc Danzeisen and everyone signed off on it. So we got together in instalments. We started I think back in March or April of this year. And you talk about working on a limited budget and time frame. You know Rob lives up in Hamilton, Ontario. Nick lives in Nashville. Marc and I are still in LA. But Rob and Nick would have to fly in and we'd literally have a Monday through Friday. And so Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday we jammed. We wrote six songs and Thursday, Friday we went into the studio and demoed them."

"And then month or two later we did the same. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday we wrote six songs. Thursday, Friday we went into the studio and demoed. And then in July we rented a big drum room in LA and Marc went in and redid all the drum tracks. And in September during a break in the Def Leppard tour I went into the studio in Hollywood for, I think we had three days, and I did all the guitar tracks. All the rhythms, all the guitar solos. Rob has most of the lyrics done. And in fact I think as we speak Rob is at Nick's studio in Nashville doing the lead vocals and then we'll do all the background vocals and the final mixes in January of next year. And the record will be released some time about the middle of 2017."

"And I gotta tell you it sounds great actually. It's a really, it's a guitar intensive record. I mean there's a lot of guitar on that record. Ironically there's probably even more guitar on that record than there is on the Last In Line album."

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