Vivian Campbell thinks that Def Leppard’s work ethic, focus and ambition is unmatched
Def Leppard and Last In Line guitarist Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Campbell was asked what has changed with Def Leppard in the last few years to which he replied: “All of us, we just continue to nuance our performance. It’s one of the great things about being a musician — there’s no term limit on it. You can get better as you get older. If you’re an athlete, you inevitably reach a point in your career where your performance starts to decline. As a musician, we just keep nuancing the performance and keep getting better and better … I’ve been very fortunate in my career, being the “new guy” in Def Leppard … I’ve played with a lot of bands, a lot of great musicians. But Def Leppard is a very unique band. The work ethic, the focus, and the ambition is unmatched. And I think we’re very buoyed by the (2019) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (induction).”
In terms of whether there is any pressure with Def Leppard being a household name, Campbell opined (with slight edit): “No pressure at all. Far from it. We absolutely love it. We have a very serious focus on what we do, individually and collectively, and we always try to make the show bigger and better year after year. Like I said, there’s great ambition in Def Leppard. When I first joined Leppard all those years ago, (lead singer) Joe (Elliott) was the only guy that I’d known. Joe sat me down and kind of explained to me, or tried to explain to me, what Def Leppard was all about … Joe didn’t just want to make great records or have great shows. He wants Def Leppard to be one of the biggest rock bands in the world. And we still have that hunger and that ambition and that attitude.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Vivian Campbell at Saskatoon StarPhoenix‘s website.