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Cancer-hit rocker Viv is given the green light to tour

By AP Reporter

Published 25/06/2015

Treatment: Vivian Campbell
Treatment: Vivian Campbell

Cancer will not stop Northern Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell from rocking out with Def Leppard on their US tour.

The Lisburn axeman's publicist confirmed doctors have given him a treatment which will allow him to avoid radiation and join his band's tour in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday.

"So, so happy to report that I've dodged the bullet of radiation," he posted on his Facebook page.

"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."

Campbell is being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer. He was diagnosed in 2013.

The 52-year-old, who has also played with Thin Lizzy, Dio and Whitesnake, has been in and out of remission for two years.

Def Leppard and Whitesnake are set to play Belfast's Odyssey Arena in December, and local fans will be hoping to welcome him home, although it is too soon to say whether Campbell will be able to play.

At the weekend Campbell wrote on his Facebook page that he was "beyond consolation" at missing the tour.

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