Speaking to eonmusic at Ramblin’ Man Fair festival in Maidstone, Kent, where his band Last In Line were performing, Vivian said that he was delighted to have been chosen as this years’ ‘Legend’.
Said the guitarist; “I’m very flattered, I’ve got to say. I certainly wasn’t expecting anything like that. It’s lovely to be recognised for what you do and something that you’re passionate about, and I’ve always been very passionate about my work”.
Viv, who has been a member of Def Leppard for almost twenty-five years went on to say that being recognised in his home country is what makes the event even more special. Said Campbell: “It’s especially flattering when you’re recognised by your kinsmen at home. The fact that it’s from Northern Ireland is very, very flattering”.
To mark the occasion, Last In Line are scheduled to play at the ceremony, which is set to take place at the city's Mandela Hall on 11th November. Speaking about bringing the band over - which was formed in 2011 when the original instrumentalists of the Dio band got back together – the former Sweet Savage player said: “They asked me if I wanted to perform, so I managed to eek a few dollars out of them for bringing over Last In Line!”
During a career that has lasted almost four decades, Vivian has written, performed, and toured with some of the biggest names in rock including Whitesnake, Riverdogs, and Lou Gramm. He’s also been a “stunt guitarist” with Thin Lizzy.
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