Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that the Hodgkin’s lymphoma he has battled for two years has returned. This difficult news comes as the band is preparing to launch a three-and-a-half-month tour on Tuesday with Styx and Tesla. Campbell will be sidelined from the band for an indefinite period of time.
“I’m saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “However, I’m beyond consolation that its return will prevent me from being able to do my job for a while. I’m still working on a schedule of treatment with my doctors, but I will see you all very soon. My apologies.”
The guitarist was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2013. It had gone into remission by the following November but returned in September 2014. Campbell then underwent a stem-cell transplant, and the signs for his recovery looked good.
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown filled in for Campbell during his stem-cell transplant. According to Brave Words, Brown had posted dates for performing on Def Leppard’s upcoming tour on his web site, but they have since been taken down. Def Leppard has not announced Campbell’s tour replacement at this time.