Fantastic news! Def Leppard / Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell is in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Campbell was diagnosed with the form of cancer earlier this year, but in a Facebook post from the guitarist on his official page, Vivian Campbell announced that the recovery process has begun.
Friday (March 22) was a day that Def Leppard will likely remember for quite some time. It began with a proclamation for Las Vegas' mayor proclaiming it "Def Leppard Day" in the city and ended with the band completing the first of their eleven-show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The 1980s were well under way by January 1983 – even mathematical geniuses like us can figure that out – but when it came to defining the look, the sound and the vibe of the '80s, there's no arguing Def Leppard’s third album, ‘Pyromania,’ released 30 years ago today (Jan. 20), played a major role.
Keeping the hair high and the ‘80s alive, glam-rockers Steel Panther have reinvented the era with their live shows and west coast residencies. Their shows have become as infamous for their guest appearances as they have for their over-the-top performances and at a recent gig at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif. (May 28), former Dio and current Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell hopped on stage to perform a duo of songs with the spandex clad Panthers.
"Step inside, walk this way. You and me babe, Hey, hey!" For many rock fans, Def Leppard’s classic hit ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ instantly transports them to a place in time where the hair was big, the jeans were ripped, and Aqua Net was a prerequisite to any night out, regardless of your gender.
In the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit musical ‘Rock of Ages,’ Tom Cruise plays fictional ‘80s rock frontman Stacee Jaxx. On the film's upcoming soundtrack, the actor belts out a pair of the best known hard-rock songs of all time.