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Vivian Campbell Had To Convince Band And Managers To Let Him Tour

Tuesday, 14th July 2015

Vivian Campbell 2013.
Las Vegas, NV April 2013

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by Terrie Carr and talked about his health.

Vivian talked about his dog Stuart, the 2015 tour, the new self titled studio album, returning to the tour and touring in spite of his illness, the 2016 cruise and Last In Line.

Listen to the full 8 minute interview via the link below.

Visit the 2015 Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

PetsGetRocked - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

2015 US Tour/Missing Shows

"It's been really good, I mean we've toured with Tesla before. We've toured with Styx before, never at the same time. So we've known those guys and I mean music aside, they're really, really nice people. As are their road crews and we all get along very, very well. So that's great. There's a really, really nice atmosphere on this tour."

"I missed the first four shows because I was doing some treatment. But I'm back now for the duration of the tour I'm glad to say and the five shows that I've been on so far have been spectacular. So like I say it's a really good energy with the band right now and we're excited."

Def Leppard Self-Titled Studio Album

"It's a good year for us because the tour is doing very, very well. And we've got a new record that's just in the mixing stages so we're excited about what's coming around the corner."

This record is one of your best?

"It is yeah. That's because I had very little to do with it. But it is - it'll be a good one."

His Dog And Family Helping With His Illness

"Oh absolutely, yeah. I attribute a lot of it to Stuart and you know just family in general. I mean, I - my family are so supportive of me and my wife and my wife's family and you know my children. So that combined with the lovely healing power of the wee gobshite dog Stuart. It all connects. So yeah it's lovely."

"You know I mean I'm not concerned about my health. You know a lot of people are more concerned about it than I am. To me it's just maintenance you know and the hardest part of this is scheduling and not missing work because - you know it's taken me a long time to convince the guys in Def Leppard and in particular our management that this is very, very important to me. To continue to tour. You know my work is cathartic to me and that's a big part of my healing process is a fact that I will not capitulate to this disease you know. And I will continue to life my life and music's obviously very, very important to me."

"So that's probably been the biggest battle I've had to fight. Is to convince them because they actually think they're doing me a favour by by wanting me to stay at home."

I'm so glad that you're out there with the band where you belong

"Yeah absolutely I mean going on stage - just the look on people's faces and I mean I'm definitely feeling the love you know. So it's very very helpful to me to be out there doing that. So, glad I can."

Hysteria Cruise

"Yes, that's in January. It's the first time we've ever done that. Don't know if Stuart's allowed on the boat if he is I'll bring him. But yeah we're looking forward to that. That's also gonna be the - you know as well as featuring Def Leppard performances and sort of Storyteller, question and answer sessions and whatnot. There's a few other acts on the bill and I'm happy to say that one of those acts is Last In Line the original DIO band. So that'll probably be when we debut our album as well. I'll be doing double duty so I'm really excited about that."