Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles with Vivian Campbell

Tell me about Two Sides Of If.

You had another side-project called Clock. How is this different and will both projects co-exist?

How did you get around to the blues? Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard – none are blues bands…

That's where I trace the origins of my playing. You can argue that every rock guitarist owes an allegiance to Muddy Waters. I absolutely believe that's true. The first album I ever had was Live In Europe by Rory Gallagher and my first concert in Belfast was Rory. He was more the rock side of blues, but he's a blues man. I sat down with all his records and that's where I learnt my first real lead guitar licks. So, my playing is a lot more blues-based than technical. A lot of my contemporaries in the '80s played from a technical point of view. They learnt the technique, but I taught myself.

No lessons ever?

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