Guitarist Vivian Campbell reports that all's well in Def Leppard land despite frontman Joe Elliott's recent vocal issues.
The group had to postpone several shows in February during its most recent North American tour, and Elliott has been on rest ever since. But Campbell tells us that Def Leppard will be making up all of the dates and is planning a full-scale North American tour for the summer:
"A doctor stuck a camera down his throat the day we canceled he last show, postponed the last show, and told him that if he didn't stop singing he'd have no career left. That's the bad news. The good news is that same doctor is equally confident that he does not need surgery of any sort. He just needs rest for a couple months. He should be fine. We postponed all those shows. We rescheduled them for May. We were planning in any event to do another North American tour staring in late June, so we'll be doing that. So we'll do these shows in late May and we'll start up in June for what was scheduled."
While Def Lep is on break, Campbell is gearing up for Friday's (February 19) release of Heavy Crown, the debut album by Last In Line, the band of Dio alumni that also includes drummer Vinnie Appice and the late bassist Jimmy Bain.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.