Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has released a statement through his Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Campbell writes that he the disease was found when his doctor was trying to figure out the cause of a persistent cough. Campbell got the diagnosis as he was getting ready for Def Leppard’s Las Vegas residency. It is amazing that he was able to go through with the shows knowing he had 6 months of chemotherapy in front of him.
Campbell seems to take his condition in stride though, and appear to be of good spirits. He writes, “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!” Campbell still intends to hit the road with Def Leppard this summer: “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 with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund.”
I met Viv back in 1996 when he was still a relatively new member of Def Leppard. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy, who took the time to pose for pictures and sign an autograph to a very excited teenager. I wish you all the best Viv and a speedy recovery!