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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL Celebrates 57th Birthday

Def Leppard 2019. Vivian Campbell

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell celebrates his 57th birthday today on tour in Las Vegas, NV.

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

Today he is in Las Vegas, Nevada with the rest of the band having played the sixth show of 12 last night as part of the Sin City Residency.

His birthday was celebrated at the show which took place at Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood.

View some live photos of Vivian below from recent tours.

Read some quotes below from 2017 where Vivian announced he could continue his current medical treatment which is keeping his cancer at bay and helping him to continue performing with Def Leppard and Last In Line.

Vivian Campbell Live - Birthday Photo Gallery

Photos by Chele Drappel/Curt Taft/Michelle Lydon/Sally J/Steve Kelley.

Rock Talk - Vivian Campbell July 2017 Interview Quotes

His Current Health Status

"Well I'm very lucky but it's still ongoing for me. For the last two years I've been doing a process called Immunotherapy. It's part of a Phase II clinical trial taking this amazing new drug called Pembrolizumab which just recently got FDA approved for Hodgkin's Lymphoma which is the cancer I have. So I literally just finished. I had my last infusion last week and it's a great boon for cancer patients because for me personally I'm one of the very fortunate 20 to 30 percent of the population that have a specific DNA marker. I think it's called PDL1 which means that my body actually responds to it."

"And I know it doesn't work for everyone but my body responds to it with absolute minimal side effects and I'm able to continue my life and my work. Which is a big big part of the process for me because if I were sidelined by things to where I couldn't work, it would kill me because you are what you do and I've always been a musician and I always, that's part of the reason why I keep so busy with all these different projects. I mean music has always been my lifeblood. You know to be out there playing guitar, writing songs with great creative people and getting that feedback from an audience is what keeps me going you know."

"So I've been very fortunate with this and like I said the drug was just recently in March FDA approved so I'm gonna be able to continue to take it beyond the clinical trial and I get an infusion about once a month and life goes on and it's all good. So in that regard I am one of the lucky ones but I only mention it because I do need to schedule - you know I've had over the last couple of years I've flown from Singapore to LA. From London to LA. From New York to LA. I've flown from all over the world to go back to LA to get an infusion only to go straight from the hospital back to the airport. Fly to rejoin the tour you know. So the most difficult aspect I gotta say in all honesty is has been the scheduling you know. Certainly not the side effects."

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