Vivian Campbell ‘dodges bullet of radiation’ to resume tour with Def Leppard



viviancampbellSince being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2013, Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard has managed to continue rocking on his guitar with fellow band members Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Rick Savage, and Phil Collen. Despite multiple treatments and belief that his cancer was in remission, on June 20 Campbell announced on Facebook, “I am deeply saddened that my cancer has returned. I am beyond consolation that it’s return will prevent me from doing my job for a while.”

Fans assumed Campbell would be unable to tour with Def Leppard throughout the summer, but just two days later, Campbell amended his statement on Facebook, saying he is “so, so happy to report I’ve dodged the bullet of radiation,” and citing an “alternative course of treatment” that will allow him to rejoin Def Leppard’s tour in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, where the band will perform with Styx and Tesla.

Campbell said his “brilliant doctors” have “tailored future treatments to accommodate the tour schedule so I won’t have to miss any more shows.”

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The outpouring of support for Campbell on Facebook ranges from the sincere to the obsessive:

“God bless you! Stay strong!”

“That’s great news Viv! Happy for you! Praying for you Hun, stay healthy and enjoy the tour. Hugs.”

“If you need a bone marrow or anything, message me!! NOT KIDDING!!!”

It’s safe to say Def Leppard wouldn’t be the same without the talented Campbell, who has also worked with Whitesnake, Sweet Savage, and still performs with Riverdogs. Def Leppard will conclude its tour with Styx and Tesla in October and will tour with Whitesnake in the U.K. and Ireland in December.

Photo Credit: By Alec MacKellaig [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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