Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell got an incredible early Christmas present from his doctors recently.
“Had great news from my doctor this morning: the mighty Pembrolizumab appears to be holding to tumors at bay. Doc said they might even be slightly smaller than they were in the last scans. Needless to say, I’m most chuffed at this result,” wrote the guitarist in a Facebook post.
Campbell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in March 2013 and went into remission twice only for the cancer to return. Despite that frustration, Campbell told WRAT’s Robyn Lane and going public with his diagnosis was one of the best things he could have done:
“The love that I’ve gotten through Facebook and the stories I’ve heard from people has just been quite overwhelming…I actually found it very, very liberating to go public with this. Last summer when we were touring through American with KISS, I was completely bald, because I was doing chemo… it really took so much of the emphasis off the superficial things in life that you get concerned about, like your hair and shit like that. I was able to put my focus on who I am as a person and as a musician, and I was a lot more concerned about my playing and my singing than how my hair was looking.”
Campbell and Def Leppard will be kicking off a run of dates in the U.K. and Ireland on December 6 in Dublin, but they’ll be returning to the U.S. in early 2016 for a series of shows following their “Hysteria On The High Seas” cruise taking place January 21-25. For a complete list of tour dates, head over to DefLeppard.com.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.