Vivian Campbell diagnosticado com linfoma de Hodgkin

Uma triste notícia de ontem da página de Viv no Facebook:

I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now…

My diagnosis was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin’s has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!

The reason I’m sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don’t want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.

My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this and I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July and the debut of Last In Line this August.


Pois é, galera. Infelizmente, é mais um caso de câncer entre nossos heróis. Vivian Campbell já foi assunto aqui em diversas oportunidades, principalmente seu período com Ronnie James Dio, quando realmente explodiu ainda no início dos anos 80, também com o início da banda homônima do saudoso vocalista.

Desavenças e polêmicas à parte, vamos acompanhando e torcendo por uma recuperação segura deste grande guitarrista irlandês, tão importante na história do heavy metal.

[ ] ‘ s,


Categories: Artistas, Def Leppard, DIO, Entrevistas, Off-topic / Misc, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake

12 replies

  1. Vivian é até hoje um dos maiores exemplos de como soar como guitarrista, pelo seu trabalho em Last in Line e principalmente, Holy Diver. AInda que tenha ficado decepcionado por sua opção em ser praticamente um guitarrista-base em uma banda que já não prima pela qualidade de seus solos do instrumento, estou falando,é claro, do Def Leppard, não dá para contestar sua importância para o hard e heavy metal dos anos 80.

    Também o tenho como referência por ter sido de um line-up fantástico do Whitesnake, como pode-se ver no vídeo abaixo, cujo solo é regravado pelo próprio, já que o original do álbum não teve sua participação, foi gravado pelo John Sykes. COnsidero este solo, feito especialmente para versão que seguiu para o videoclip, embora menor , melhor do que está no álbum:

    Assim, sou mais um a torcer por sua plena recuperação e que ele possa reviver algum desses brilhantes momentos no futuro!



  2. É realmente uma pena que os pontos altos da carreira de Viv tenham terminado exatamente na tour do vídeo acima. Daí em diante, ele entrou na sua banda de coração: O Def Leppard. E lá tanto ele quanto o Phil Collen , que também é muito bom, não fazem nada até hoje.
    O motivo eu nunca vou saber , resta lembrar a fase boa da carreira!


  3. Galera, infelizmente o câncer de Vivian Campbell voltou, conforme nota na página oficial do guitarrista no Facebook. Segue:


    I’m saddened by the fact that my cancer has returned. However, I’m beyond consolation that it’s 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.



    [ ] ‘ s,



  4. Minuteiros,

    Aproveitando o post em questão, noticio que me deparei com a triste notícia envolvendo mais um dos maiores “guitar heroes” de todos os tempos, o norte-americano Tony McAlpine.

    Apenas quatro meses após sua esposa ser diagnosticada com câncer de mama, o guitarrista/tecladista começa sua luta contra o câncer de cólon.

    Na sua página do facebook, foi lançada uma campanha para arrecadação de fundos, sendo que no dia 12 de Dezembro de 2015 haverá um mega-show em Los Angeles com a presença de inúmeros grandes nomes do rock, conforme esta nota publicada:


    (Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

    The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theater on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

    In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

    Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

    “Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”

    “Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
    “Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.

    Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai‘s touring band The Breed.
    Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

    Tickets are on sale Saturday November 7 at 10am PT through, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.

    Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit

    Pra quem não conhece, fica aqui um dos mais recentes videos do virtuoso músico:

    Vamos ficar na torcida para que ele e sua esposa se recuperem!

    keep fightin’

    Abilio Abreu


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