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Leppard axeman in recovery

Def Leppard star Vivian Campbell is recovering from a recent back surgery.

The guitarist, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2013, had spinal surgery at the beginning of the month, and is now recovering in a "back brace."

"I'm sitting here with an ice pack and a back brace on, so I'm a little concerned about that," he told DJ Eddie Trunk. "It's gonna be difficult for me to do these next couple of weeks' worth of (Def Leppard and Last in Line) shows. I'm gonna be moving very slowly."

But Campbell assures fans he won't be canceling any gigs, adding, "I know that I can get on stage and I can play guitar and I can sing, so that's all I need to do. It'll be the travel in between that's gonna be extremely uncomfortable."

Meanwhile, updating Trunk on his cancer battle, Vivian added, "I'm just doing these (pembrolizumab) infusions... It's just maintenance. It's all good as far as I'm concerned.

"Right now, it's just holding, and has been for four years. So I'm very fortunate that I caught my cancer early enough to where this is OK to keep it in this holding pattern. So until something else comes along.

"The treatment that I'm on - I was part of a clinical trial of that - that's relatively new, so I'm very fortunate that way... I happen to be a good candidate for this particular treatment and it's a good place holder. So it doesn't really have any impact on my life other than scheduling and (being) a little bit tired for a few days around the infusions. But right now it's kind of slid to second place on the complaints list because of the back surgery. That's my more pressing concern."



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