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Northern Ireland homecoming for Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell

Iconic rockers Def Leppard announced a UK-wide tour on Friday, which will see guitarist Vivian Campbell perform on home soil once again.

The Lisburn-born star is set to appear alongside fellow band members at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday, December 2.

Campbell last performed in the city in November when he was honoured with the Oh Yeah Legend Award at a special event at Mandela Hall.

The musician has celebrated 25 years with Def Leppard and has also been a member of Whitesnake, Dio and Thin Lizzy.

"I've been very fortunate that my life's work has also been my passion," he said at the time.

"It's an honour to be recognised for that, and especially so when that recognition comes from my fellow countrymen."

In 2013 Campbell revealed he was battling cancer.

But despite his diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma he threw himself into his music, previously telling the Belfast Telegraph the cancer "lit a fire under him".

He said: "I think I would've succumbed to the cancer if I'd stayed at home and convalesced - which a lot of people wanted me to do, like the guys in Def Leppard.

"You want people to attend to their illnesses, but no one knew better than me how to deal with it.

"It was a very personal thing, and my work was cathartic and very much a part of dealing with it. I wouldn't have wanted to not be able to work."

Cambell's long career began in 1979 with homegrown metal act Sweet Savage, who supported Thin Lizzy on their Renegade tour and also went on the road with Ozzy Osbourne, Wishbone Ash and Motorhead.

He joined Def Leppard in 1992.

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