Def Leppard's Viv Campbell Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma -
Def Leppard's Viv
Campbell has revealed he has been diagnosed
with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Viv is currently two months into a six-month term of chemotherapy treatment and decided to go public with the news so fans aren't too shocked by his appearence when Def Leppard next head out on tour.
"I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in
the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit'," says the
"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!"
"I'm feeling rather spiffy, all things considered," he continues enthusiastically. "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.
"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."
Over the years Campbell has built an impressive CV after spending time with legendary outfits such as Dio, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and of course Def Leppard.