Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Back Home Following Cancer Treatment
Vivian Campbell is on the mend after completing the latest round of treatment for his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
As previously reported, Campbell agreed to undergo a stem cell transplant in order to combat the disease, which doctors recommended after a resurgence (and subsequent remission) following the treatment he received after his initial diagnosis.
Campbell's surgery prevented him from joining Def Leppard for a recent round of tour dates, and Trixter guitarist Steve Brown stepped in as a substitute guitarist during his absence, but Campbell vowed to be back in action by early 2015 -- and as Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott recently revealed, he's well on his way to achieving that goal.
In fact, as Campbell told friends and followers in a Facebook note posted on Nov. 11, he's out of the hospital and focused on his recovery. "Home ... So glad that's over," reads the post. "Time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair. Thanks for all the love you've sent -- much appreciated! Normal service will be resumed shortly."
Campbell's convalescence comes during a brief lull for the band, which plans to have a new album out next year. In the meantime, Elliott will hit the road for a brief series of shows with his Down N Outz side project, while guitarist Phil Collen continues work on the debut full-length effort from his new side project, the band Delta Deep. Meanwhile, Campbell's other band, Last in Line, has its own album in the works.