Vivian Campbell spoke in an interview with Jesse David from Metal Wani, and compared his bands, Def Leppard and Last In Line.
Here’s the statement:
“They’re two entirely different bands. I’m the only melodic instrument in Last In Line. In Def Leppard, it’s myself and Phil and it’s a very, very different way of playing guitar. The Leppard thing, our vocals are really the main focus. We don’t have expanded guitar solos in Def Leppard.
The songs are concise, they’re constructed very melodic, very orchestrated, particularly in the vocals. Def Leppard is kind of like a layer cake. There’s a lot going on there and it’s all there to serve a purpose. Last In Line is a more organic, straightforward hard rock band. I don’t even sing in Last In Line. I fundamentally look at it as exercising two different muscles.
In Last In Line, I’m the only guitar player, so I’m doing all the heavy lifting and that’s my focus and I put my head down and play guitar. In Def Leppard, like I said, we’re there to serve the songs and the songs are very vocal intense and that’s kind of where my major emphasis is with Def Leppard. We’re all singing in every song.
The guitar parts are challenging by all means, but they’re a lot more focused. Phil [Collen] and I, in Leppard, it’s not just straightforward where one plays a rhythm and one plays a solo like most hard rock bands. It’s very orchestrated guitar parts in most of the songs.
It’s a much more clinical approach to playing guitar than to Last In Line, which is, like I said, is a bit more freeform and organic and wild, I suppose. Like I said, I really kind of look at it as two very different bands, but two spectacular bands. Def Leppard just keeps getting better and better.
Year after year, we keep finessing our craft and our show and everything about it becomes more refined and more spectacular. Last In Line is a club band. [Laughs] I wasn’t kidding when I said ‘four guys in black t-shirts.’ That’s really all we have. It’s a very musical kind of thing and it’s a very organic and spontaneous thing.
You don’t know what you’re going to get with a Last In Line show. I don’t even know where we’re going to go. Sometimes we go off on these musical tangents at the end of a song. It’s, like, ‘What is this? 1960, 1969 all over again?’ We just go freeform. That’s without drugs. I can’t imagine if we’re all stoned.”
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