Thursday, September 25, 2014

Def Leppard guitarist issues cancer update

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has issued an update on his ongoing battle with cancer.

“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,” posted Campbell. “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.”

The rocker was diagnosed last year with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and immediately began chemotherapy and other treatments.

On September 28, Def Leppard will play the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Following that, the group will play three casino shows in Calfornia at the end of October.

See also:

VIDEO: Def Leppard share slideshow of summer tour with KISS
VIDEO: KISS and Def Leppard wrap up summer tour in Houston
Def Leppard to play NFL pre-game show at London’s Wembley Stadium
VIDEO: KISS and Def Leppard take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge onstage in Indiana
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