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Def Leppard’s Viv Campbell is Treated for Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist feeling “spiffy” two months into a six-month course of treatment


By Alex Baker


Two months after beginning a six-month course of treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell has announced that he’s feeling “rather spiffy.”


The former Thin Lizzy axeman was diagnosed with the disease on March 11, the day Def Leppard were to begin rehearsals for their Viva Las Vegas residency.



Campbell became aware of the disease thanks to a persistent cough.


“After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling maneuvers on my windpipe. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy.”


Thankfully, prognosis for the kind of cancer Campbell is suffering from is generally pretty good with the right treatment.


“Hodgkin’s has an 80% cure rate, so I reckon if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!”


Despite his upbeat attitude, Campbell did offer a few words of caution to fans regarding the “aerodynamic” hairstyle he’d be sporting on tour with Def Leppard this summer.”


“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 with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.”


Def Leppard will be hitting the road later this month and touring throughout the summer.


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