Viviancampbell-306 Vivian Campbell won’t miss Def Leppard’s upcoming US tour despite the return of his cancer.

The guitarist announced this weekend that his Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned following stem-cell treatment last year. He feared that another round of treatment would mean he’d have to step back from touring duties, but he is now able to rejoin the tour Saturday, June 27th.

He now reports, “I’ve dodged the bullet of radiation. I was due to start a course that would have sidelined me for most of the first leg of the US tour. But my brilliant doctors have steered me towards an alternative course of treatment that will enable me to rejoin the tour this Saturday night.”

He adds, “They’ve tailored future treatments to accommodate the schedule, so I won’t have to miss any more shows. I’m so happy and indebted to the wonderful physicians who have worked to make this happen. See you Saturday.”

Campbell was originally diagnosed in 2013. He received a false all-clear before undergoing the pioneering stem-cell procedure, and in January announced he was “cautious but confident” over his prognosis.

Def Leppard will release their self-titled 11th album later this year.

Def Leppard North American tour:


23: Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater, FL
25: West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheater, FL
27: Birmingham Oak Mountain Amphitheater, AL
28: Atlanta Aaron’s Amphitheater, GA
30: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC


2: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
3: Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live, VA
5: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
7: Gilford Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion, NH
9: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
11: Bethel Woods Center, NY
12: Darien Lake Center, NY
14: Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheater, ON
15: Youngstown Coveli Center, OH
17: Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
18: Oshkosh Rock USA, WI
21: Mt Pleasant Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino, MI
23: Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, NY
24: Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, NY
25: Holmdel PNV Bank Arts Center, NJ
27: California Mid-State Fair, CA


7: Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground, SD
8: Sioux Falls Arena, SD
10: Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena, OK
11: Kansas City Starlight Theatre, MO
14: Missouri State Fair, MO
15: Iowa State Fair, IA
17: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
18: Nashville Bridgsetone Arena, TN
21: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX
22: Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
23: Austin360 Amphitheater, TX
27: Minnesota State Fair, MN
28: Grand Forks Alerus Center, ND
30: Noblesville Klipsch Music Center, IN


1: Great Allentown Fair, PA
3: Louisville KFC Yum! Center, KY
4: Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, MI
5: Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, IL
16: Auburn White River Amphitheater, WA
17: Ridgefield Northwest Amphitheater, WA
19: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater, CA
20: Los Angeles Forum, CA
22: Chula Vista Sleep Train Amphitheater, CA
23: Phoenix Ak-Chin pavilion, AZ
25: Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater, NM
26: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
28: West Valley City USANA Amphitheater, UT
30: Spokane Arena, WA


2: Bozeman Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, MO
4: Bismarck Civic Center, ND
5: St Paul Xcel Energy Center, MN
7: Moline iWireless Center, IL
9: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
10: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
11: Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
14: Columbus Schottenstein Center, OH
16: Columba Colonial Life Arena, SC
17: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, FL

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