Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell has confirmed that he is fighting cancer, but promises fans that he’s feeling â€œrather spiffyâ€.
Vivian is two months into a six-month term of chemotherapy treatment and has made the decision to go public with the news so fans aren’t too shocked by his appearance when the band next head out on the road.
â€œI feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of â€˜the cough that wouldn’t quit’,â€ says Campbell. â€œOtherwise, how would I have known?
â€œAfter 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 â€“ 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!
â€œIâ€™m feeling rather spiffy, all things considered,â€ he continues enthusiastically. â€œHodgkinâ€™s has an over 80% cure rate â€“ so by my reckoning, if youâ€™re going to have a cancer, Hodgieâ€™s is the one to have! The reason Iâ€™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 donâ€™t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.
â€œI look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July, and the debut of Last In Line this August.â€