Vivian Campbell Reveals Def Leppard Debut Disappointment

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has recalled the bitter experience of seeing the first song he'd written for the band bombing when it was released as a single, even though the track had been well-received.

He's hoping to put the bad memories behind him now that Slang, the first Def Leppard album he played on, has been re-released.

Campbell joined the band in 1992 following the death of Steve Clark, and his first writing credits came with Slang four years later, including the single Work It Out.

He tells Death And Taxes: "The first single in the States was my first writing contribution - here I was, stoked that the label had decided to go with it, and I remember someone from the management calling me up to tell me the bad news.

"Modern rock stations had tested the song and got a great reaction to it. But they realised they couldn't play it because DJs couldn't announce: 'That was new from Def Leppard.' They figured they'd lose so many listeners. They were playing Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soungarden - they couldn't slot in Def Leppard even though they liked the track." more on this story

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