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Steve Brown On Playing With Def Leppard In 2014/2015

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Trixter's Steve Brown has spoken of his time filling in for Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell in a new interview with Sleaze Roxx.

Steve spoke to the site to promote his bands Trixter and Tokyo Motor Fist.

He also recalled his time playing with Def Leppard in 2014 and 2015.

Steve first filled in for Vivian Campbell from September to November 2014 when he underwent Stem Cell treatment.

Starting with the Wembley Stadium NFL show in September 2014 in front of 90,000 fans.

He had to stand in again for Vivian at the start of the US tour in late June playing four shows in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Tampa, West Palm Beach and Birmingham.

Steve talked in more detail about his time with Def Leppard in two 2015 interviews which can be read via the related news links.

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Sleaze Roxx - Steve Brown Interview Quotes

So how did the Def Leppard gig come about?

"Those guys are like family to me. Most people don’t know this but I go back with Def Leppard to about 1988 when they were touring behind ‘Hysteria.’ Phil Collen is a like a brother to me. When Vivian [Campbell] was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Phil said to the Leppard guys, “I have the guy that can step in while Viv is undergoing treatment. Let’s call Steve.” I was also friends with Joe [Elliott] and I think it helped that he was a fan of one of my other band 50 Ft Ringo. I think he knew I had the voice to do it. I truly believe that I got the gig not because of my ability as a guitarist but more because of my vocal ability. So I got the call in early 2013. I learned the entire set and fine tuned my parts and began playing some gigs with them in 2014."

What was the most difficult song to learn for you?

"I will say this; the Def Leppard catalog is not the easiest thing to learn. There’s some very intricate guitar parts, very unique guitar parts. Steve Clark wrote things in shapes and boxes that I haven’t played before. It was a challenge to dig in and learn the Mutt Lange/Def Leppard collection. They are not your typical ‘cookie cutter’ rock and roll band. They have an unique way of writing songs."

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