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Def Leppard Band Member - Vivian Campbell

guitars since 1992

A section for Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell with details of all releases and tours played on and personal information.

Def Leppard Vivian Campbell.

Vivian Campbell 1992 to Present

  • Instrument - Guitars/Backing Vocals.
  • Joined Band - 14th April 1992.
Main Information
  • Full Name - Vivian Patrick Campbell.
  • Birth Date - Saturday, 25th August 1962.
  • Birth Location - Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Nicknames - Viv.
  • Previous Bands - Sweet Savage.
  • Previous Bands - DIO.
  • Previous Bands - Trinity.
  • Previous Bands - Whitesnake.
  • Previous Bands - Shadow King.
  • Lives In - California.
  • Father - Vivian Snr (Died 2009).
  • Mother - Mary - (Died 2010).
  • Brother - John - (Played saxophone on the YEAH! album).
  • Brother - Michael.
  • Sister - Fiona.
  • Wife - Caitlin Campbell (formerly Phaneuf/Married 4th July 2014).
  • Ex-Wife - Julie 'Jewels' Devoney Campbell (1987-2012).
  • Children - Lily Rose (Daughter - born 6th May 1999) w/ Julie.
  • Children - Una Marigold (Daughter - born 9th May 2001) w/ Julie.
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band member - information

Vivian was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and got his first guitar after seeing a Rory Gallagher concert.
He bought a Gibson Les Paul for 500 pounds and learned how to play.
Inspired by Thin Lizzy guitarists Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson and also Gary Moore.
He later formed his own band Sweet Savage before finding fame with DIO and Whitesnake in the 1980s.
He abandoned solo album plans to join Def Leppard in February 1992 and auditioned in Los Angeles.
Officially becoming a band member in April 1992 the day before his first concert in Dublin.

Joe Elliott (1992)

"We got everything we were looking for. He's our age. He's a nice guy. Good sense of humour and he plays good soccer too. All bonuses!."

Vivian Campbell (1992)

"With Def Leppard it's a little different - a lot different because Def Leppard is notorious as being one of those real band situations."
"Where they kind of grew up together and went through thick and thin."
"So that's a much more rewarding situation than just being a guitar player in someone's band."

Joe Elliott (1992)

"When we played our first gig, it was like Vivian had always been in the band - Def Leppard Mark II."

releases featured on

tours played on

  • All tours since April 1992.

releases featured on

  • All since Make Love Like A Man (1992) - (B-Sides)

instruments played

  • Electric Guitar.
  • Acoustic Guitar.
  • Backing Vocals.
  • Lead Vocals (2015).

other bands/projects

  • Last In Line - 2012 to present.
  • Riverdogs - 1989 to present.
  • Two Sides Of If - Solo Album 2005.
  • Clock - 1998-2003. 1 Album.
  • Red Felt Pig - 1992-2003. 3 Albums.
  • Sir Sodoff & The Trainwrecks - Live cover band.
  • Thin Lizzy - Live Shows 2011.

vivian campbell - latest news

Def Leppard News
14th september 2018

DEF LEPPARD's VIVIAN CAMPBELL Comments On His New BBC Radio Ulster Show

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has spoken about his new radio show on BBC Radio Ulster which starts next week.

Def Leppard News
10th september 2018

DEF LEPPARD's VIVIAN CAMPBELL To Host Own Series On BBC Radio Ulster

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell will host his own radio show on BBC Radio Ulster from next week.

Def Leppard News
25th august 2018

DEF LEPPARD Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL Celebrates 56th Birthday

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell celebrates his 56th birthday today on tour in St. Louis, MO.

tours played on

Summer Tour 2017
Def Leppard Tour - 2018

World Tour 2018

84 Shows played from March to December.

Summer Tour 2017
Def Leppard Tour - 2017

Summer Tour 2017

46 Shows played from April to October.

Summer Tour 2016
Def Leppard Tour - 2016

Summer Tour 2016

59 Shows played from January to October.

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