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Vivian Campbell On Being The New Guy In Def Leppard And His Health

Friday, 19th February 2016

Vivian Campbell 2015.
Pic by Chele Drappel

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by Krishta Abruzzini and mentioned his health and Last In Line.

Vivian talked about his illness/current treatment, continuing to work/tour, Last In Line, DIO, making the Heavy Crown album, being a member of Def Leppard for 24 years, guitars and finding a replacement for Jimmy Bain.

Vivian mentioned the fact that it will be 24 years in April since he joined the band.

Last In Line's Heavy Crown album was released around the world today.

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KNAC - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

24 Years In Def Leppard. The new guy still?

"Very much so, yeah. Yeah, well, because when you consider, 24 years is a long time to be with a band, but LEPPARD had so, so much history and so much success prior to my joining the band that when they talk about that stuff prior to when I joined the band, when they Ďgo thereí, Iím the stranger in the room. And thatís fine. It is what it is, you know? Like the ROLLING STONES, Iím sure when Mick and Keith are talking to Charlie Watts, theyíre talking about the late 60ís or whatever, Iím sure Ronnie Wood is sitting there twiddling his thumbs. He was off in those days with Rod Stewart and I was off in DIO with Ronnie. Itís just a certain history that we donít share, so Iím always going to be a new guy. But thatís not a bad thing. As long as Iím always the new guy, thatís a positive thing."

In Remission?

"No, Iím not. I was brought back several times, being told, ďOh, youíre in remissionĒ, but it keeps coming back. Iím just accepting of the fact that itís something Iíll have to deal with the rest of my life. I deal with it as maintenance. Iím one of the lucky ones. I caught my cancer early. So itís not life threatening. Unlike Jimmy Bain, I also have the resources to stay one step ahead of it. Iím doing part of a phase-II clinical trial for a drug called Pembrolizumab, which is the same drug that actually cured Jimmy Carter. Itís had great results. Iím part of the cutting edge of research. Thereís minimal side effects. The most important thing for me is that it allows me to continue working."

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