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Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell offers once in a lifetime experience in aid of children’s hospice

05 October 2018

Rock star will make fans’ dreams come true at Belfast show

DEF Leppard’s Vivian Campbell will make two fans’ dreams come true this December when the world-famous rock band arrives in Belfast.

 Belfast-born Campbell, who is an Ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice and Children’s Hospice, is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have lunch with him in his native city, meet the band and enjoy VIP passes to Def Leppard’s historic Hysteria gig at the SSE Arena, as well as hotel accommodation.

 The experience will be won in an online auction hosted by GIVERGY.COM and will also see two fans attend the pre-show sound-check and play a song for them too. In addition to that, it will also include an autographed edition of Def Leppard’s vinyl boxset released this year and two Hysteria tour tee-shirts.

 Guitarist Campbell, 55, become a Northern Ireland Hospice Ambassador earlier this year, supporting the palliative care charity which cares for more than 3,500 adults and children every year.

 A former Rathmore Grammar School pupil who progressed in the rock scene with bands such as Dio, Whitesnake and Riverdogs, joined Def Leppard in 1992. He has released a number of top albums with the Sheffield rockers such as Slang, Euphoria, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge and most recently the self-titled ‘Def Leppard’ album which received critical acclaim.

 Northern Ireland Hospice CEO Heather Weir said: “Vivian Campbell has offered Def Leppard fans a real once-in-a-lifetime experience, a chance to meet rock legends in our beautiful city. It will be an experience to cherish for life.

 “Vivian is a wonderful Ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice – open to discovering new ways to support us and raise awareness of the care services we provide for children and adults. This is something we are all excited about.”

 In 2013, Campbell was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and openly discussed his treatment with patients when he made a private visit to Northern Ireland Hospice in November 2017.

 He said: “I’ve always considered myself to be blessed in my music career and it makes me proud that an organisation such as Northern Ireland Hospice recognise this and have asked that I represent what they do.

 “I have personal experience too with my battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I can empathise with patients and families on their journeys. Northern Ireland Hospice is a wonderful organisation that I am happy to support and highlight the palliative care services it provides.” 

 At the December 2 show in Belfast, Def Leppard will perform their global success album Hysteria in full. The album, first released in 1987, has sold over 30-million copies and includes huts such as Pour Some Sugar on Me, Love Bites, Animal and Hysteria. It is one of the most successful rock albums of all time.