Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has announced he has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for several months.

In a post made to Def Leppard’s website, Campbell addressed his diagnosis and chemotherapy treatment.

He writes, “I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit.’ Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our ‘Viva Las Vegas’ shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.”

Campbell continues to say the diagnosis was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and adds he has completed two of the six months of required chemotherapy.

Def Leppard has European and North American tour dates on the horizon and Campbell wished to address any potential critics to his appearance before he takes the stage.

He says, “The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.”

Cambell was the original guitarist in Dio; that band’s singer Ronnie James Dio succumbed to cancer in 2010. Before the Def Leppard dates, Campbell will reunite with some of his former bandmates in Dio under the name Last In Line, for a tour beginning in August.

– Carl Harp / 98.5 WNCX


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