Bringin' On The Backache

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell recently underwent back surgery.

Campbell says, "I did spine surgery... I'm a little concerned about that. It's gonna be difficult for me to do these next couple of weeks' worth of shows. I'm gonna be moving very slowly. But I know that I can get on stage and I can play guitar and I can sing, so that's all I need to do. It'll be the travel in between that's gonna be extremely uncomfortable."

Campbell also continues to receive transfusions for Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent one last week. He says, "That'll keep me right for another three to four weeks. It's just maintenance. It's all good as far as I'm concerned... Right now, it's just holding, and has been for four years. So I'm very fortunate that I caught my cancer early enough to where this is OK to keep it in this holding pattern... It doesn't really have any impact on my life other than scheduling and [being] a little bit tired for a few days around the infusions. But right now it's kind of slid to second place on the complaints list because of the back surgery. So that's my more pressing concern."

Campbell has one more show with Def Leppard on November 2nd in Wheatland, California, and shows with his side band, Last in Line, starting tonight (Tuesday) in Phoenix through December 14th in the Netherlands.

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