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VIVIAN CAMPBELL Show 18th September 2018 Playlist/Transcript

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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell hosted the first edition of his new rock show last night on Radio Ulster.

The first show included songs by Motorhead, Def Leppard and Sweet Savage.

Vivian's first ever radio show and like Joe's one on Planet Rock 12 songs were played.

Fortunately Vivian or Radio Ulster remembered to edit out the N word from the Sweet Savage song...

The full playlist is shown below and a full transcript.

The show is available for 29 days on the BBC iPlayer (UK Only).

Viv Campbell Show - 18th September 2018 Playlist

  • 01 - Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
  • 02 - Marc Bolan/T. Rex - Hot Love
  • 03 - Sweet Savage - Killing Time
  • 04 - Rory Gallagher - Messin' With the Kid (Live)
  • 05 - Thin Lizzy - Emerald
  • 06 - Thin Lizzy - Black Rose
  • 07 - Rainbow - Kill The King
  • 08 - Def Leppard - Wasted
  • 09 - The Stranglers - Hanging Around
  • 10 - Dr. Feelgood - Roxette
  • 11 - UFO - Lights Out
  • 12 - Horslips - Dearg Doom

Show Intro/Motorhead

"Woo hoo! Well I hope that got your attention. It certainly got mine back when I was a young chap. That of course is the mighty Motorhead with Ace Of Spades. My name is Vivian Campbell and welcome to the very first in a series of frankly ill advised radio shows. I'm gonna navigate through a wee bit of a journey of my musical awakening which I thought would be interesting for this the first in a series of these shows."

"So it was back in 19 um something or other. I remember with Sweet Savage that I got to open for the original Motorhead lineup of Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke, Philthy Phil Taylor and yes they were as loud as one of those words I'm not gonna say."

Marc Bolan/T. Rex

"So moving on. We'll return to Sweet Savage a little bit later, but I thought for this show I'd go back to the start of my personal musical journey. I'd like to go through the very first reference point that really really mattered to me. It was sometime in early 1971. It was an uneventful Thursday evening and then there was this Marc Bolan and T. Rex Top Of The Pops, Hot Love."

"That was T. Rex with Hot Love and from the moment I heard and saw that I as a young nine year old I wanted to play guitar. I wanted to grow my hair and embarrassingly enough I wanted to wear my sister's clothing, because you gotta remember this was the dawning of the gender bending Glam Rock era. Which I consider Bolan to be one of the founding pioneers and thankfully I'm happy to report I did not fit into any of Fiona's clothing. So I managed to dodge that bullet."

Sweet Savage

"You know I did grow my hair and eventually I did get a guitar and I was utterly utterly shocked to learn that it didn't play itself. So I very much invested myself into that pursuit for many many years and later as a teen, together with Trevor Flemming, Rayme Haller and Davy Bates. Formed a wee band called Sweet Savage and this was the result."

"Sweet Savage and Killing Time. A song that about ten or so years later would be covered by Metallica. As my dear departed father would say 'Well you need a bit of luck'. 'cause nobody heard the original version you know. It's funny how things work out sometimes isn't it?. Sadly big Trev, Trevor Flemming is no longer with us. He was a very good man and I know that Rayme and Davy and myself. We all miss him a lot and we hope he's listening to that upstairs and got a kick out of hearing it on the radio again."

Rory Gallagher

"But way before Sweet Savage the very first album I owned was Rory Gallagher's Live In Europe '72 and the first concert I ever saw was Rory Gallagher at the Ulster Hall. In fact the second and the third and quite possibly the fourth concert I ever saw was Rory at the ulster Hall. Those of you of a similar age to me would remember that not many big acts played Belfast in the 70s. But like Christmas and Santa Claus you could always count on Rory to show up every December. As such Rory was my first guitar hero and the first player that I really tried to emulate and I think a lot of his style is still apparent in my playing. Well I do at least. You may have a different opinion. His studio albums you know they didn't always match the ferocity of the live shows so let's hear something from one of the actual Ulster Hall shows. From the Irish Tour '74 collection this is Rory's version of the Junior Wells classic Messin' With the Kid."

"Yeah could you hear me in there in the crowd?. Probably not huh?. Rory Gallagher live from the Ulster Hall on the Irish Tour '74 album that was Messin' With the Kid."

Thin Lizzy

"This is Vivian Campbell and welcome again to the first in a series of shows I'm hosting for BBC Radio Ulster. And aside from Rory Thin Lizzy were a big big influence to me and the other guys in Sweet Savage too. You know we were influenced as much by I'd say Punk Rock and the energy of that as we were by the classic bands of the 70s and I always though our style was a bit of a cross between the chaos of punk and bands like Motorhead and the craft and the style of bands like Thin Lizzy. Who were another epic band who we got to open for on many many many occasions and I think that's reason enough to hear something from Lizzy don't you agree?."

"Thin Lizzy and Emerald. That was every young aspiring guitarists wet dream. That of course was the classic Lizzy lineup of Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. And it was through my love of Lizzy that I stumbled onto a fellow Belfast man and the guitarist that I admired the most. And learned the most from frankly and that was Gary Moore. Gary was in and out of Lizzy over the years. Interspersed with his forays into Prog Rock with Colosseum II, his own solo albums and efforts between pop and heavy metal and eventually the blues. But Gary proved himself to be a master at every genre he took on. And this in my opinion is his best work with Thin Lizzy. This is the title track from the album the epic rock legend Black Rose."

"Thin Lizzy featuring Gary Moore on guitar and the mighty Black Rose. One of the greatest bands ever to come from Ireland and a launching pad for many many great guitarists and inspiration for many thousands more or us and so I'll make no apologies for playing back to back Thin Lizzy tracks. It never gets old for me so there you have it."


" Another great record I was listening to as a teen was Long Live Rock 'n' Roll by Rainbow. And who'd have thunk that just a few short years later I'd actually be in a band wit Ronnie James Dio. I certainly did but there you go. It's a funny old world isn't it?. This is Kill The King."

"Rainbow Kill the King featuring the late great Ronnie James Dio. A man I would go on to work with a few years later, but more on my years with DIO to come in a later show."

Def Leppard

"You know back in the day, whenever that was, there was a wee band from Sheffield making some waves. New Waves to be exact and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal of NWOBHM to be specific. No very good friend Joe Elliott will not thank me at all for referring to Def Leppard as part of the NWOBHM movement. And it's true that Def Leppard were far far more musically ambitious than every other rock band of that era frankly. But Leppard did ride the wave and there's no doubt it helped propel the band and quite a propulsion it was too. It's still very very much ongoing as I can atest too being nearly a 27 year member of the band. Yes I am the New Guy. The Ronnie Wood of Def Leppard. This isn't the song that got the ball rolling for Leppard but this is where I really started to take notice. It's another song that's based around a great Steve Clark riff of which there were very very many. This is Wasted."

"Come on you gotta love the energy of that. Very very early Def Leppard and Wasted. A song we don't get to play too often unfortunately but I'm always thrilled when we do. Absolutely love that riff."

The Stranglers

"I'm Vivian Campbell, of Def Leppard by the way, and you are listening to the very first in a series of shows I'll be presenting here for BBC Radio Ulster. And it wasn't all hard rock and widdly widdly guitar that I was listening to back in my formative years. My sister Fiona, whose clothes you may remember I failed to squeeze into after seeing T. Rex on Top Of The Pops. Well Fiona was a big big fan of Punk Rock and blaring from her bedroom door every night I was constantly exposed to bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash and probably most of all The Stranglers. Before some of you start writing in to tell me that the Stranglers weren't really a punk band yeah I get all of that but still you know they made a great sound thanks to Fiona they won a new fan with me. A lot of great songs on their wonderfully named Rattus Norvegicus album. Gotta love that, but I'm gonna go with this one for now. This is The Stranglers Hanging Around. Enjoy."

Dr. Feelgood

"That was The Stranglers with Hanging Around. Love the edgy bass tone on that record. And speaking of edgy do you remember Dr. Feelgood? Another one of those few bands that dared to venture to Belfast in the 1970s. I do remember seeing them at the Ulster Hall a couple of times with the very electrifying Wilko Johnson on guitar. And electrified he was too. It seemed like he was plugged into the wall. He didn't stop moving all night. They were just basic straightforward, simple but that's what made them such an honest proposition, you know, they played it with conviction. Again probably one of those bands that were a more consistent live act than they were in the studio but they delivered the goods all the same. And as this song says the band was playing rock and roll and indeed they did. This is Dr. Feelgood with Roxette."

"Roxette by Dr. Feelgood, great stuff altogether."


"I am Vivian Campbell and you're listening to the first of my radio shows on BBC Radio Ulster. And this first show I've been taking you on a little trip through some of my earliest musical influences and experiences and I hope you're enjoying it so far. I know I certainly am."

"I know I said it wasn't all widdly widdly guitar stuff that got me going but to be honest you know that was the major motivator for the young me. So just because I can, it is my show after all, I'm gonna play you some UFO. Michael Schenker was and is an amazing technician of the instrument. But yet he still had a rawness and an attitude that to me is pure rock and roll. And you know my good friend and Sweet Savage band mate Rayme Haller was an avid record collector and I blame and thank Rayme for turning me on to some great music. I remember skipping off school and hanging out with Rayme all day. many days actually. And listening to album after album and it was during one of those hooky from school days that Rayme dropped the needle on this."

"UFO with Lights Out featuring the great Michael Schenker on guitar. And thanks again Rayme for turning me on to that one and many other gems. And I'm thinking maybe you should be the one doing this show. So maybe I'll give you a call and ask for some tips."


"I think I'm now probably just about out of time for this week's show. And as I've focussed on several Irish acts I think I'll continue and play out that theme. Another brilliant and unique Irish band that again really influenced me when I was a wee nipper. Every summer my family went up to Donegal. A place that's still very very near and dear to my heart. And I'm not sure exactly how old I was when this happened but it was one of those early 1970s summers and a band called Horslips came and played this venue in Buncrana. It was a tiny wee venue called the Plaza Ballroom. It was really about the size of your Granny's front parlour, but to me it could've been Madison Square Garden. It seemed like it was huge. It was another one of those life changing moments for me to see Johnny Fean on guitar with his gold Les Paul and playing this classic riff that I just had to learn how to play. You know eventually I did."

Show Outro

"So until next time this is Vivian Campbell saying goodbye. Thank you for listening to this my first show. I'll see you soon and this is Horslips and perhaps the greatest distillation of their utterly unique fusion of rock and Irish traditional music. This is Dearg Doom. I'll see you anon."

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