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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL Celebrates 55th Birthday

Def Leppard 2016. By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell celebrates his 55th birthday today in the USA on a break from touring.

Vivian was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on this day in 1962 to parents Vivian Snr. and Mary.

He recently completed a summer tour with Last In Line in Switzerland and will play US shows with them in September.

He will receive the 'Oh Yeah Legend Award' this November in Belfast which 'recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or music industry figure from Northern Ireland'.

View some live photos of Vivian below from the 2016 tour.

Joe and Phil recently gave updates on Vivian's health last year and earlier this month.

His old band Riverdogs released thier new studio album 'California' in July.

Vivian Campbell Live 2016 - Birthday Photo Gallery

Photos by Chele Drappel/Curt Taft/Michelle Lydon.

Phil Collen - 11th August 2017 Interview Quotes

Vivian Campbell's Illness

"Absolutely and you know the thing with Viv he just keeps pushing forward. You have to you know but it's inspired us. It's like, it's better than the alternative. The alternative is to kind of sit back and not do that. You know he loves playing. He loves performing and singing and playing guitar and everything. So yeah he keeps that going and his doing great actually. He's out there, he's in good health and everything's really cool. So we're having a blast."

Dallas, TX 24th August 2016 - Vivian Campbell/Armageddon It Intro

"Thank you. Thank you very much Dallas. Oh yeah. How ya doing?. Look who's here. Look who's here. And well, it ain't the most well kept secret in the world but tomorrow is Vivian's birthday. So I think it only fitting that everybody in here sing Happy Birthday to Vivian. What do you think?. Can you do that?. Are you ready?. (Happy Birthday sung) - Now that's better than cake. Well done, awesome. That's the most in tune 15,000 people I've ever heard. Well done. Not only is it his birthday. It's just good that he's here because you know what's been going on. So I'm just gonna say this. Please make a lot of noise for a very happy and healthy Vivian Campbell."

Joe Elliott - 11th August 2016 Interview Quotes

"Well, I spoke to him the other day and you know every time we have a break he's goes back to top up his situation. You know he goes to see the doctors to see how things are going. And I said to him the other day. I said how is it and he said it's getting better all the time."

"So you know it's something that it's an ongoing battle with him but he's dealing with it and it does seem to be that this new treatment that he's on seems to be working. In the fact that it's shrinking the tumours and all that kind of stuff."

"I mean I look at him everyday and he doesn't look ill. You know what I mean. So it's kind of a very difficult one. You know it's not physical in the sense of like he's somebody that's got a broken arm or there's a big gash in their arm and you can see it. With what Viv's got, and other similar diseases, you can't see it. Signs of it would be attitude or you know just not looking healthy or just feeling sorry for yourself or whatever. And he does neither of those things."

"So you know he just gets up there and plays with a smile on his face and he seems to be winning the battle."

Phil Collen - 19th August 2016 Interview Quotes

"He's great. He's doing good. He's stabilised the cancer and that. He's on some - whatever the drug is he's taking at the moment. And that seems to be working. So no he's doing really well."

"He still does. He still has to schedule stuff in and stuff like that. But he's got that under control and like I said that really works out well."

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