It’s no secret that Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but he’s not letting cancer get in the way of touring this summer with KISS.
In a recent interview with WDHA’s “Morning Jolt,” Joe Elliott details how Campbell is doing and how he compares the band’s history to that of any group of five people:
“In fairness to him, he’s up and down, but he’s actually quite up at the moment. He’s playing great, and he looks like he’s having a lot of fun out on stage. He doesn’t have the big, long curls anymore, but they’ll come back, and he’s in good spirits. That’s the important thing. So he’s fighting this thing, which is Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ‘cause we said, ‘Why don’t you just take the summer off?’ And he’s like, ‘No, no. For me, this is mentally as much as it’s physical. I’ve got to do this.’ So, we’re right behind him…Things like this will happen to anybody, in any walk of life. If you’ve got a collection of five people, and you just ask what’s happened over the last 35 years, you’ll probably find a lot more tragedy than you’ll find in our band. People focus in on those, whether it be Vivian or Steve (Clark) or Rick‘s (Allen) accident, they make their big deal of it, ’cause they are a big deal. But if this were to happen to any random five people; you’d probably see worse things, really. But the fact is, we’re a band, and this particular lineup has been together for 22 years now — over 22 years — which is ridiculous when you think The Beatles were only together for eight.”
Of course, leave it to The Beatles to use their time effectively. So typical!
With the tour about half-way done, Def Leppard are also looking to head back into the studio to wrap on the next album. According to Elliott, the band has 16 songs in line and are aiming for a spring 2015 release.
To see where Def Leppard are headed on tour next, go to DefLeppard.com.