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Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Has Cancer, Will Still Tour

Sadie Gennis
June 11, 2013
Vivian Campbell | Photo Credits: Theo Wargo/WireImage
Vivian Campbell | Photo Credits: Theo Wargo/WireImage

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has been diagnosed with cancer, but still plans to tour with the band this summer.

In a statement posted on the band's Facebook page, Campbell, 50, said he's one-third of the way through a six-month chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. "I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit,'" Campbell wrote of his early diagnosis.

"The reason I'm sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, 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," he wrote. "Simple economics, really."

Bones and more shows you're giving up on next season

Def Leppard's month-long world tour will kick off June 21 at the Hellfest music festival in France.