Vivian Campbell Is Battling Cancer

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June 10, 2013 | 11:28am EST

Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell is battling cancer.
The guitarist, who joined the Animal hitmakers in 1992, went for tests earlier this year after developing a “cough that wouldn’t quit”. Medics have since diagnosed him with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and recommended a six-month bout of chemotherapy.
A statement provided by Campbell to reads: “I’m about two months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin’s has an over 80 per cent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!”
The rocker, 50, is still planning to join Def Leppard on tour later this year, adding, “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.”