The legendary guitarist of Def Leppard, Vivian Campbell, had a recent interview with ‘98.9 KKZX’ and made a stunning statement about his retirement plans and his diagnosis with lymphoma.

As you can remember that Vivian Campbell had diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2013. In the interview, he talked about what happened when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Here’s what he said:

“It won’t be. When I’m dead; when I stop breathing, that’s when I’ll stop working. I have no plans to retire; I have no interest in it.

To me, playing is all I’ve ever wanted to do and I’ve been fortunate this is all I’ve ever done. I see no reason to stop working. I don’t know what I would do.

I think, in my case – if I stopped playing guitar, I’d be just waiting to die. Even when I was doing my cancer treatments, even at the worst of it, when was doing chemo and stem cell and stuff – well, not when I was stem cell, ’cause I couldn’t leave the hospital…

I’ve been on tour when I’ve been doing hardcore chemo, and I didn’t have any hair on my head, I didn’t even have eyebrows, but I think it was a big part of helping me deal with it – the fact that I continued to be able to do my work.

And on that subject, I’d just like to say I’m very grateful to my bandmates in Def Leppard that they took a chance on me and afforded me that opportunity, to work when I was in that state. But I think it helped me through it.”

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