Viv Campbell fighting cancer
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed he’s fighting cancer – but says he’s feeling “rather spiffy.”
He’s two months into a six-month term of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of the disease which has a high clean-up rate.
And he says he wants fans to know in advance of Def Lep’s upcoming tour dates so that they’re ready for his lack of hair.
Campbell reports: “I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known?
“After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough.
“What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now!”
After Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was diagnosed, Campbell was lined up for half a year’s worth of chemo, which began in April. He says: “I’m feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin’s has an over 80% cure rate – so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!
“The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer. I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.”
Campbell reports his bandmates, along with friends and family, have offered their full support as he continues his health fight. He adds: “I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July, and the debut of Last In Line this August.”