What was the first thought that went through your head when you were approached to join THIN LIZZY?
I remember thinking what an exciting opportunity this was for me. As a guitarist, their music has always been such a huge part of my life. I'm entirely self-taught and taught myself a lot of LIZZY songs. Marc Bolan was my first point of reference as a rock guitarist and then I discovered Rory Gallagher. From there I found LIZZY. It's very exciting to be in this position. It's reconnected me to the electric guitar. I've been in DEF LEPPARD for 20 years, and if I'm honest, it's not a terribly challenging job for me as a guitar player. Phil Collen plays most of the widdly guitar parts and I do what I do. But this job has reignited my love for guitar playing.
If the chance to join LIZZY was a highlight of 2010 then was the passing of your former band mate Ronnie James Dio a low point?
Vivian: You know, I was numb to the whole thing. I hadn't talked to Ronnie in 25 years, so it wasn't as if we were close. My mother died nine or 10 days before him, so I was preoccupied with that. And my father died nine months before that. It was a really tough year on a personal level and I had enough to think about. The news about Ronnie James Dio just bounced off me. It was a difficult relationship on a personal level anyway. I was really proud of the music we made together but it was tough being in a band together. But he died way too young.
Para los que no se defienden en inglés, sobre su papel en Leppard viene a decir que su trabajo como guitarrista no es precisamente un desafio ya que Collen se encarga de las partes más exigentes y sobre Dio dice que habiendo perdido a su padre unos días antes no estuvo muy al tanto.