Contact Us

Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Thanks Fans for Support During Lymphoma Battle

David Becker, Getty Images

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell recently revealed that he is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and he has spoken out about the diagnosis to ‘Friday Night Rocks’ radio host Eddie Trunk. Campbell says was blown away by the outpouring of support he received from fans in the wake of the reveal. In some ways, the love that the fans have shown him helps provide him with strength to clear this hurdle.

“I’ve been very, very touched by all the love and support I’ve had via my Facebook page and via the Def Leppard Facebook page and the Last in Line page. So it’s good to know you’re not alone,” Campbell said (quotes excerpted by Blabbermouth).

He revealed that he did not want to share the news with the public at first, but he changed his mind and does not regret that choice. “For me, I did kind of want to not go public with it at first, because it is a weird kind of thing,” the guitarist, who is in chemotherapy to treat the disease, said. “You’ve got to kind of learn to deal with it on your own terms before you can address the rest of the world about it. So, you know, I feel very comfortable going public about it.”

The public and fans weren’t the only ones he wanted to conceal his condition from. He said, “For the first couple months, I even tried to keep it from my children, because they were still in school and doing exams and stuff and I didn’t want to add to their concerns. But after a while, it’s inevitable that you, you know, something’s going on and you have to kind of come out with it and kind of explain what the situation is. But I’m very comfortable with it.”

Campbell is also okay with the treatments. While chemo can wreak all sorts of havoc on the body as it does its job to eradicate the cancer cells, Campbell is dealing with it with a positive attitude. He even joked that his hair has taken a beating due to the course of action, likening himself to guitar great Joe Satriani.

“I’m very comfortable with the treatment,” he said. “I’m very comfortable with how my body is reacting to it. Obviously, it’s done a number on my hair, so I’m a bit more Joe Satriani these days. I’m hoping that means I’m going to play even more notes like Joe.”

Campbell’s perspective is certainly another thing that can help him get through this rough period. Noisecreep sends our best to to the guitarist.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://noisecreep.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Noisecreep quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on Noisecreep quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!