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    Vivian Campbell fighting cancer

    Just like the title says - just read about this in Classic Rock:

    Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed he’s fighting cancer – but says he’s feeling “rather spiffy.”

    He’s two months into a six-month term of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of the disease which has a high clean-up rate.

    And he says he wants fans to know in advance of Def Lep’s upcoming tour dates so that they’re ready for his lack of hair.

    Campbell reports: “I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known?

    “After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough.

    “What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now!”

    After Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was diagnosed, Campbell was lined up for half a year’s worth of chemo, which began in April. He says: “I’m feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin’s has an over 80% cure rate – so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!

    “The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer. I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.”

    Campbell reports his bandmates, along with friends and family, have offered their full support as he continues his health fight. He adds: “I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July, and the debut of Last In Line this August.”

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    oh man.... that is awful. But what an incredible attitude to have about it! Thats really inspiring to see. A buddy of mine was just recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's, so this gives me some hope for him too. Kick its ass, Viv!

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    Vivian can beat this. I'm sure he'll be doing great by the summer dates.
    Do you know what time it is? It's time to FARK SHEET ARRRRRP!!

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    His attitude fucking rules. Wish all the best for him.

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    Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now!”

    Great attitude

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    Hopefully he'll be able to break the Def Leppard Curse.

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    Yeah, sounds like he's taking this about as well as possible.
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

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    Get well soon, Viv.

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