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Vivian Campbell Says New Album Is Sounding Amazing - Audio

Saturday, 21st February 2015

Vivian Campbell Sheffield 2008.
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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was interviewed yesterday by Doug Podell of 94.7 WCSX radio and spoke about the 2015 studio album.

Vivian talked about touring with other big bands, the 2015 studio album, the High 'n' Dry sound, his health, DIO, Last In Line and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Vivian has more good things to say about the album but again (as you may have noticed) the band aren't mentioning any new single in these recent interviews. Therefore it could be a single release has been delayed along with the album.

Listen to the full 23 minute interview via the radio link below.

Visit the Album News section. For more news on new music (based on band member quotes) dating back to January 2011.

101 WRIF - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

2015 Studio Album

"Well I actually just got back from Ireland last night. We spent the last month there finishing up the new Leppard studio record. So it is finished. It'll go to the mixing stage and it's sounding amazing actually. I've gotta say, I've been with Leppard for 23 years and I think this is the best record that the band has made in my tenure."

"So that's the good news. The bad news is I didn't have a lot to do with it. So I don't know what that says about my contributions. But you know I've been dealing with chemo and stem cell transplants and all that stuff for the last couple of years. So I wasn't able to make all the recording sessions. I was there at the start. When we started this record about a year ago. And like I say I've spent the last month finishing it up. But I missed a lot of the middle bits."

"But it's come out great you know. That's the important thing. It's sounding really, really good. It's a diverse record but it's got great songs. It also has a pretty heavy element to it because we started off in the studio playing live in the studio as a band to try and capture more of the rock element. So we have a couple of really good rock songs and a lot of stuff in between. And yeah the thing is though I don't think we've finished it quite in time enough to have it out for this tour so I don't know if we'll be playing anything from it. We might, if we get it out like half way through the tour then obviously we'll be playing at least a song from it. But at this stage it's kind of to be determined as to when it'll be released ."

"There are a couple of tracks that are heavy in a different way. But with the same sort of - heavy as in like Paper Sun. The song, I don't know if you know that song from the Euphoria record. You know that kind of way. Heavy but yet kind of you know more typical Def Leppard in terms of the production and the way it's tracked and stuff."

Recording The Album

"It's easier when we do it together. Like the initial stages of the record were in February last year. We all went to Dublin and Joe has a studio at his house and that's normally where we record. So we went there and we set up and we played. And that kind of covered the rock element because there's only so much you can do like that. It does tend to make more of a rock environment when you do that. So we kind of covered that and we did four, five or six songs that way. Not that all of those would make the record. But we kind of covered that base and then. Then it becomes more difficult because then we start thinking about OK now what other sort of songs do we need because we're not making a start to finish rock record."

"You know we have to be a little bit more diverse. And that's when it becomes more analytical and a little bit more difficult. You know because we're starting to write to order and that's when the production element comes in. It's not as instinctive or as natural as the rock element is. So it can be a frustrating process to be honest because you know there's five of us in the band and we don't always think the same way at the same time. But we're diplomatic enough to deal with each other you know and we get through it and we get it sorted out. And like I said the end result is what matters and it is actually a really, really strong record."