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Vivian Comments On VIVA! Hysteria/Return To Vegas

Friday, 9th August 2013

Vivian Campbell Sheffield 2008.
Pic by DefDazz/Darren

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was interviewed by Team Rock Radio and spoke about the VIVA! Hysteria release and a possible return to Vegas in 2014.

Vivian talked about getting together with Last In Line, his illness and also spoke about the VIVA! Hysteria Live At The Joint release and said the band would probably return there in 2014.

Last In Line play their second UK show tonight in Glasgow.

Team Rock Radio - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

"No it was this year. That was right when I got my cancer diagnosis. We started rehearsals March 12th and we did our first show there I think it was the 21st of March of this year so this is all pretty recent."

"Yes and that was probably the most fun part of it for us cause we got to play some really obscure Leppard songs that we hadn't played before. We got to take on these alter egos we went out and played a 40-odd minute set as our own warm up band under the name of Ded Flatbird. So we all had alter egos and you know it kind of made for a bit of fun."

"I don't think anyone really made a conscious decision I think it just came about because the Hard Rock Hotel had asked us to come and do this. And they wanted us to play the Hysteria album which as you said before is something we had never done before. So I think it kind of just grew out of that you know. And it was such a great time for us I gotta say. It really, really was a fun thing to do that I think we're probably gonna end up back there next year. Maybe doing a different record this time I don't know."

"It was a really intimate kind of show but yet it wasn't a club show by any means and we specifically built the stage set and the lighting rig just for that show. So it worked well I think it was a great experience for both the band and more importantly the audience. It was a pretty well thought out show. You know it ran very well and the contrast to that was when we were Ded Flatbird. We were just set up like an opening act. We put a big red velvet curtain up and we just had a back line and a tiny little drum riser. So we literally were like you'd go to see an opening act."

Listen to the full 10 minute interview below.