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VIVIAN CAMPBELL On DEF LEPPARD's Vocal Style/2018 World Tour

Friday, 7th July 2017





Vivian Campbell 2016.
By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was interviewed recently by Canadian radio and the full audio is available.

Vivian spoke to Jack Antonio of CJIM radio in Montreal on 30th June.

Vivian talked about 2017 Def Leppard tour, younger audiences, 25 years in the band, band anniversaries, Riverdogs California album, Frontiers Records, Last In Line, Def Leppard live vocal sound and 2017 tour plans.

Vivian expanded on Journey bassist Ross Valory's news from last month of a proposed DEF LEPPARD/JOURNEY co-headline US tour in 2018. He says the band's are 'in talks' about the tour.

He also says a tour with Journey is not the only thing in the works. This could be a reference to the 'rest of the world' tour including the UK or 'perhaps' also another residency but more likely the rest of the world tour.

He also confirmed plans for a one-off Riverdogs live show later this year in California.

Listen to the full 18 minute interview below.

Do You Know Jack? - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

Second Last In Line Album

"And we're starting to work on the second Last In Line album we're going into the studio in November for that. So that's been great. I mean for me that's a real outlet for angry, angry heavy guitar. You know and it's been fantastic and we've taken that to Europe a couple of times and to Japan. We're going back to Europe in mid July with that and it's just great fun."

"The Riverdogs as you say is kind of somewhere in between that and Def Leppard because I sing a hell of a lot in Def Leppard and I don't sing anywhere near as much in Riverdogs. But I do sing a fair bit in that band. I also get to play a lot of guitar so it's a nice kinda in between thing."

Def Leppard Live Vocals

"Leppard as you rightfully pointed out are so vocal. You know everyone in the band is singing all the time. And singing in every single Def Leppard song on stage. You know the background vocals are very, very much I think what separates Def Leppard apart from so many other bands of that genre. You know it's something we work very, very hard at and we're very proud of our ability to replicate it in the live environment."

"It's never gonna be a hundred percent accurate because there's so many layered tracks and there's multiple guitar parts on the Hysteria album songs in particular. You know there's only two guitar players in Leppard. There's Phil Collen and myself. So we've got a lot of ground to cover but you know we listen, when we're - any time we're doing a song we listen to the record and we pick out the two most or the most prominent parts and kind of mold them into two distinct guitar parts. As you said before you know we do like to layer the guitar parts unlike most hard rock bands where you have two guitar players who just kind of reinforce each other you know. We seldom play the same parts. You know it is very much guitar orchestration."

"Leppard songs are a lot less focused on guitar solos. They're much more focused on the vocal and melodic elements of it. So there's a lot of singing. And you know when I go out and do shows with Last In Line it is a nice contrast for me because I refuse to sing in Last In Line. I just wanna play the guitar and there's a lot of guitar a in that. And then Riverdogs is a happy medium. A little bit of both you know."

Def Leppard Journey 2018 Tour?

"I know there's nothing set in stone. The negotiations are going on and one of the acts we're talking about touring with next year could possibly be Journey. But it's not the only thing that's in the works. So - but I know we are trying to put together a big tour for next year you know."

Riverdogs Live Shows?

"Well until about a week ago I would've said absolutely not because it's one thing to write songs and make an album with a band. It's a whole other thing when you talk about rehearsing and putting a tour together and going and playing shows. You know it's very difficult for me to be in both Def Leppard and Last In Line have both bands touring and recording at the same time. So when I did the Riverdogs thing I was quite adamant that it's just gonna be the record. But now there's talk about maybe doing a one-off show. And literally just one show in Southern California at the end of this year. So you know but that's it. There's certainly not gonna be a tour. I physically cannot do it. There's just not enough hours in the day to be in three touring bands."

"Plus it's difficult like I said before we don't all even live in the same city. Or even the same country any more. So it's very difficult even just to get together. So it's hard to do not only in terms of time commitment but also in economics. It's practically impossible."



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