Special event: Def Leppard man Viv Campbell becomes an Oh Yeah Legend

Def Leppard man Viv Campbell is to become an Oh Yeah Legend this year
Def Leppard man Viv Campbell is to become an Oh Yeah Legend this year

DEF Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell is to become the latest recipient of the annual Oh Yeah Legend Award.

Presented by Belfast music hub Oh Yeah, the gong is awarded to Northern Ireland-bred bands or musicians who have made and "exceptional contribution" to music.

Viv Campbell's career began in Belfast with early-1980s metallers Sweet Savage, who attained world-wide fame when Metallica covered their signature tune Killing Time on their 1991 single The Unforgiven.

The Belfast axeman went on to become a hired gun for some big rock names including Ronnie James Dio, who recruited him for to his post-Black Sabbath band Dio for three albums, and Whitesnake.

In 1992, Campbell replaced the late Steve Clark in Brit rockers Def Leppard as is still playing with them today – though he's also found time to play with Thin Lizzy and revisit his contributions to the Dio canon with former bandmates Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain (now deceased) as Last In Line along the way.

"I've been very fortunate that my life's work has also been my passion," says Viv of being selected for the accolade, which has previously been awarded to acts including Ash, Therapy? and The Undertones.

"It's an honour to be recognised for that, and especially so when that recognition comes from my fellow countrymen."

Last in Line will play a special show at The Mandela Hall following the Oh Yeah Legend presentation on November 11.

:: Tickets for the show (£15) are on sale now from Eventbrite at nimp.eventbrite.com