On November 3, Steve Raymond of the 100.7 WZXL radio station conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
On his immunotherapy treatment in his continuing battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma:
“Immunotherapy. Yes, I’m taking this drug called pembrolizumab. I’m part of a Phase II clinical trial. I don’t actually know if it’s working yet, to be honest. I’ll find out in early December. ‘Cause right after Thanksgiving, we do another set of scans, and that’s basically the determining time. My doctors and I are gonna sit down and have a look at that and see if it’s holding the cancer at bay or shrinking the tumors. And if it is, I’ll be able to continue this treatment for a couple of years, which will be the best possible outcome, ‘cause then I’ll be able to continue to work for a couple of years. If not, then, you know, I’ve gotta reconsider my options. But I’m hopeful, you know — fingers are crossed. It’s been great to be able to do that. I started doing this treatment six months ago, and it’s been fantastic, because it meant that I was able to continue working, you know, as opposed to doing a more traditional treatment like radiation or something, which would have meant I would have had to miss the tour. And work, for me, is catharsis, you know. It’s very important to me to be up there on stage doing it, and that’s what keeps me alive.”
On how playing music is therapeutic for him:
“Absolutely. And I one hundred percent agree with you on that. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being at home. You know, when I first got my diagnosis, the guys in the band, you know, obviously, out of genuine concern for me, they said, ‘Well, you know, you don’t have to go on tour if you want. Just stay at home and look after your health. And, to be honest, I couldn’t imagine anything worse, you know. [Laughs] I’ve gotta be out there and doing it. And particularly with the LAST IN LINE stuff [Campbell’s other band, which also features fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB]. I mean, like I say, it’s really cathartic to pick up my Les Paul and get angry with it again, like I did when I was in my twenties. That makes me feel really, really good.”
DEF LEPPARD’s new self-titled album arrived on October 30 via earMUSIC.
The CD is the band’s first studio effort since “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge” in 2008.
LAST IN LINE’s debut album will be released in February 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl.