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Def Leppard guitarist able to join tour despite cancer treatment

By | Published on Thursday 25 June 2015

Vivian Campbell

A spokesman for Def Leppard has confirmed that guitarist Vivian Campbell will be able to join the band on upcoming gig dates, after finding a treatment programme that won’t require him to stand down from live performance commitments.

As previously reported, Campbell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2013, and has had various bouts of treatment since then. For a time it looked like the latest round of treatment would force the guitarist to sit out the band’s current tour, but an alternative approach was proposed by his doctors.

Campbell wrote on Facebook earlier this week: “So, so happy to report that I’ve dodged the bullet of radiation. I was due to start a course that would have sidelined me for most of the first leg of the US tour, but my brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour”.