Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell May Be Released Early From Hospital

(hennemusic) Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is sharing an update on Vivian Campbell's health status as the guitarist undergoes a stem cell transplant this fall in his ongoing battle with cancer.

"The latest that I'm aware of with Viv," Elliott tells Billboard, "they were harvesting stem cells from him and do whatever they do in a Petry dish with them, and then they were gonna carpet bomb him with chemo for a week and he was gonna be kept in the hospital...Then they're gonna put the stem cells back in and do whatever they do, wave the magic wand and say 'Abracadabra.'"

"Hopefully by the middle of November they're gonna let him out," he added. "We were under the impression he would be in the hospital until Christmas, but the last email he sent me, which was about two weeks ago, said, 'It looks like I may be able to get out of here by mid-November.'"

Elliott says that he and band members "don't bombard him with emails and phone calls every day going 'How are you doing? How are you doing?' 'cause it's like saying, 'Has your hair grown any longer since yesterday?' It's a slow process, so you're best waiting." Read more here.

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