"I'd Rather See A Live Act Than A Hologram"; Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Shares His Take On DIO's Hologram Tour

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July 30, 2019

JT & Billy Kidd sat for a chat with Vivian Campbell, guitarist from Def Leppard, ahead of the band's upcoming Las Vegas residency, starting Wednesday, August 14th at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Vivian shares what their plans for music are all about for those heading to Vegas for the Def Leppard experience.

"The Vegas show is an opportunity for us to do something different from the normal Greatest Hits show that so many of the songs have written themselves into the playlist (you know we kind of have to play certain songs that are great big hits) but for the Vegas residency we intend to make each show a little bit different so we have to have this catalog of tracks that we can play. We are rehearsing some songs that we haven't played in almost 30 years you know!"

JT mentions the fact that there are other 80s Rock bands hitting Sin City recently, including Aerosmith.

Vivian says it's all good!

"There was a time where a lot of bands and artists thought 'oh, I don't know if I want to do that, I don't know if it feels right.' I think it's perfectly legitimate to be doing that now. It gives you a chance to expand your show and do something a little bit differently. It gives you a certain artistic license and a lot of leeway to do things you typically wouldn't do in a touring show."

Def Leppard will be bringing in some old hits they haven't played in a while to include "Billy's Got A Gun" and "No," (from Vivian's earlier DIO albums.)

When asked if Vivian will be hitting up any of the Vegas gambling and other vices, he says when he's not working with Def Leppard, he's taking time to write music.

"Vegas is not for me. I'm not a gambler. I'm Irish so of course I can drink but I don't need to go to Las Vegas to do that. It's an interesting place but it's not a place I would want to spend a lot of time in unless I'm working."

Going back to the DIO topic and the band's new hologram tour, Billy tries to get Vivian's take on it.

"It's a great body of work. I may be slightly biased, I do actually believe that those earlier albums are the best." 

Vivian continues, "I think both are serving the legacy, the DIO band and the Ronnie DIO the band. Personally I rather see a live act than a hologram but I haven't seen it yet in flesh, (if you could say that). It's all real in keeping the legacy of that music alive."

When talking about getting fired from the old DIO, Vivan remembers realizing it was time to part ways.

"It took a long long time for me to come full circle and realize that those early DIO albums were as much my legacy and Jimmy's as they were Ronnie's, you know we all created that record and that stuff should be celebrated now."

In the end, "I feel better as a member of Def Leppard than I've ever been in terms of performance."

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