Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy
Floyd Rose Original
Vivian Campbell began playing at the age of 12, and has since played with Sweet Savage, Dio, Trinity, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Riverdogs, and Shadow King as well as on Lou Gramm’s second solo album Long Hard Look. Campbell joined Sweet Savage at the age of 15; the band included Campbell on guitar, Trev Fleming on guitar, Ray Haller on bass and vocals, and David Bates on drums. They were a strong influence on Metallica, who covered the song “Killing Time” as a B-Side of their single, Unforgiven, and was included on their Garage, Inc. covers compilation. Campbell left Sweet Savage in 1983 to join Dio, as part of their first lineup just prior to the release of Holy Diver. He went on to play with Whitesnake from 1987-88, joined Def Leppard in 1992, and tours with them to this day despite having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; he was also a member of Thin Lizzy from 2010-11.