I am very much on the fence about Vivian Campbell. I mean he has been in some of the biggest rock bands, but I just don't see that he ever contributed much. Just about every live video of him has been god awful IMO and he comes across as a sloppy and lazy player. He basically noodled over every classic solo, in many cases just playing a bunch of random junk with some key notes thrown in here and there. If you compare Doug Aldrich's playing with Dio versus Vivian's, it is like night and day. Even Craig Goldy seems to have had a better handle on playing Dio songs live.
For the longest time I put these thoughts about Vivian aside mainly because of his work on Holy Diver and Last in Line (2 of the greatest rock albums IMO). But I recently read that most of the songs for Holy Diver were written prior to Vivian joining the band. Not sure if he just contributed the solos or what. The solos on both albums were amazing so kudos to him if he wrote them.
Any thoughts on the man or his contribution to the world of rock?
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