Here is to wish a very happy and very rock long birthday Def Leppard guitarist and former Dio member Viviane Campbellwho turned 60 on Thursday.
In honor of this milestone, Def Leppard is encouraging fans to donate to the music education charity Little Kids Rock. Those who contribute to the cause will be entered into a raffle to win a signed guitar that Campbell played on the band’s current tour with Stadium. Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett and the Black Hearts.
Born in Northern Ireland, Campbell got his start in a band called sweet wild before joining the Ronnie James Dio– fronted Dio in 1983. Campbell appeared on Dio’s first three albums and co-wrote many of the band’s songs, including “Rainbow in the Dark”.
Campbell left Dio in 1986 and briefly joined white snake. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked on several projects with Foreign leader Lou Gramme.
In 1992, he joined Def Leppard after the death in 1991 of the founding guitarist of this group, Steve Clark. Campbell has played on every Def Leppard album since 1993 Active Retro and wrote or co-wrote many songs for the band.
Since 2012, Campbell has also been a member of Last onlinea group consisting of several Dio elders.
In 2019, Campbell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Def Leppard.
The stadium tour continues Thursday night with a concert in Phoenix, Arizona.
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