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News - Vivian Campbell Plans Live Shows With Original DIO Line Up

Friday, 4th May 2012

Vivian Campbell Sheffield 2008.
Pic by DefDazz/Darren

Vivian Campbell has confirmed that he and the original DIO band members plan to play live after recent jam sessions in California.

Vivian has been speaking to fans once more on facebook following his earlier comments in February/March. On 2nd March Vivian mentioned they had been using a singer called Andy Freeman and that they were 'thinking of taking it a stage further.'.

This has now been confirmed by Vivian and bassist Jimmy Bain with live shows possible in November.

Vivian Campbell - 1st May facebook Quotes

"I met up with the original Dio band guys, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell again last night. Now that I've brushed-up on how to play those solos again, we're planning to jam some more and plan to do some gig's, too. We found a great singer who can really do justice to Ronnie's parts."

"I just met up with the original Dio guys again last night. We're going to play live again next year. It's fun to play guitar like that again."

"Geert, yes, we're going to play Holy Diver."

"Guy, Dio Diciples didn't write or record the original records. This will be the original band."

Vivian Campbell - 25th April facebook Quotes

"As I mentioned before, I've been playing with the original Dio band again recently and we're discussing the possibility of touring with it in 2013. It's fun to play that way again."

"We have no current plans to write new music for that project. There will be new Leppard music in the future, however."

Jimmy Bain - Quotes

""We've had a couple of rehearsals and it sounds great. Listening to Vivian playing those songs again has been amazing. He's just so into it doing this, and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of us."

"Andy isn't Ronnie. How could he be? But what he does bring is his own twist on the vocals."

"Our aim is to do some shows around November, concentrating on the first two DIO albums. It's gonna be great getting back onstage with these guys for the first time in so long."

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Previous News - 29th February 2012