Friday, September 26, 2014

Def Leppard announces Trixter guitarist will sub for Vivian Campbell this fall

Def Leppard has added Trixter guitarist Steve Brown to the lineup while Vivian Campbell undergoes a stem cell transplant this fall as part of his ongoing battle with cancer.

Brown will makes his Leppard debut on September 28 at London’s Wembley Stadium when the band play the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games as the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins.

Following the NFL gig, Def Leppard will play three casino shows in California at the end of October.

Campbell was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments at the time.

The guitarist issued an update on his plans, writing, “As many of you know, I’ve been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I’ll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I’m headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn.”

“Unfortunately,” he continues, “this means that I won’t be able to perform with the band on the upcoming NFL broadcast on Sept. 28th, nor will I be able to do the shows scheduled for Oct/Nov.”

“While I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the process ahead, I’m very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome,” he adds. “Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don’t think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015.”

See also:

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