County Antrim-born Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is to be awarded with the Oh Yeah Legend Award in Belfast in November 2017. The honor, which runs alongside the annual NI Music Prize, recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or music industry figure hailing from Northern Ireland.

Campbell will be presented with his gong shortly before his other band, Last In Line, take the stage to play a special Legend Award show at Belfast’s Mandela Hall on Saturday 11 November. 

Vivian Campbell by Anne Erickson

Born in Belfast 1962, Vivian Campbell initially made his name with New Wave Of British Heavy Metal contenders Sweet Savage, whose song “Killing Time” was later covered by Metallica on their Garage Inc. covers album. He later played on Dio’s platinum-selling albums Holy Diver (1983) and ’84’s The Last In Line before joining first Whitesnake and later Def Leppard after the release of their 1992 album Adrenalize.

A firm fan of Gibson Les Pauls and SGs, Campbell is being honored for his quarter-of-a-century tenure with Def Leppard together with his work with Dio, Lou Gramm, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Riverdogs, Last In Line, Clock, Sweet Savage and Shadow King.

He says: “I’ve been very fortunate that my life’s work has also been my passion. It’s an honour to be recognised for that, and especially so when that recognition comes from my fellow countrymen.”

Oh Yeah centre chief executive officer Charlotte Dryden adds: “Vivian Campbell is a global rock name, he’s fully deserving of this award. Rock has played a massive role in the story of music in Northern Ireland and Vivian is one of the trailblazers.”

Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award include Gary Moore, The Undertones, Spooky Tooth’s and Wings’ Henry McCullough and Stiff Little Fingers.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot recently did a Q&A about the 30 year anniversary edition of Hysteria with Planet Rock Radio at the Gibson London showroom. Watch it here.

Vivian Campbell by Anne Erickson

Photos: Anne Erickson