Guitarist extraordinaire Vivian Campbell may look a little different these days and he doesn’t want any Def Leppard fans to freak out when they see him. Vivian has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and will be going through the usual 6 months chemo.
“My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have!”
My latest guitar acquisition, the Gretsch Honeydipper resonator guitar. Here is a fun shot taken by brother Chris of Christopher Paul Photography. I'm sitting up on the deck by the Fox River, just playing some finger-style blues.
What I really like about this Gretsch resonator guitar is the tone. It absolutely does capture that old school sound and play-ability. You see, you can play real soft and hear the harmonic nuances that echo through the resonator cone, or you can really smack it and throw out some serious attitude with your tone. I love it.
Brother Chris came over the other night with his killer new cam setup. While we were testing the new gear, I grabbed my Gretsch Honey Dipper resonator guitar and jammed out some old school finger-style blues. Nothing fancy, not perfect, just for fun, however I thought you might like to see what I do with my time when I'm not in the LOOP studios.
Sammy Hagar got a street named after him. No Way! Yes... Way!
I grew up in a typical suburban neighborhood in Barrington Illinois on a street called Raymond. The next street over was called Hager, close enough to the spelling of Sammy Hagar that we often called it Sammy Hagar street. Pathetic and sad, but true.
Sammy Hagar is coming to Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on Friday August 23rd, and he's bringing Chicago's own Michael Anthony and the Wabos for his Four Decades of Rock Tour. Tickets go on sale Friday 6/7 at 10a!
I've posted the official press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
**MAJOR CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT**
Sammy Hagar Four Decades of Rock Tour
and THE WABOS
with legendary band mate
of Van Halen & Chickenfoot