Vivian Campbell: “Def Leppard In the Studio in January”
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has spoken to Atlantic City’s WZXL radio station about the band’s new Viva! Hysteria live DVD. The show was recorded during the band’s Las Vegas residency of March 2013, and is out now.
Campbell says: “We had dinner last night – Rick Allen [drums], Phil Collen [guitars] and myself – and we agreed we’re kind of embarrassed about how long it’s been since Def Leppard had new music out. We have been writing, but we’ve now set a date. We’re going to get together in January  and crank out something. So next time we go on tour, we’ll have at least one new song to play.”
Phil Collen tells Rolling Stone the plan is agreed. “We've got a sh*tload of new songs,” Collen explains. “it’s just implement them and then, 'What direction are we going take? Who are we going get to produce it? Are we going do it ourselves? Are we gonna do multiple stuff?'
“An album would obviously take too long, so we’re going to do about four or five songs, get those out and then next year have an album come out, so it'll be an EP and an album.”
Any new Def Leppard music would be the first since 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge. Campbell has just finished a course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer), but says he is now “feeling really, really good.”
Listen to WZXL’s Vivian Campbell interview.