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Vivian formed his first band called Sweet Savage while still a teenager back in Belfast.  The group had a minor hit called "Killing Time," which was released in 1981.  Sweet Savage also consisted of Raymond Haller, Trevor Fleming, and David Bates.

In 1982, Vivian joined Dio for three albums and three world tours.  Parting ways with Dio over musical differences after the Sacred Heart United States tour in March 1986, Vivian formed Trinity in May 1986 and performed in the group with Pat Waller (drums) and Davy Watson (bass) until March 1987.  (The band supposedly didn't receive a record deal, but some sources said it is possible an album was recorded in Ireland in May 1986.)

Vivian was then contacted to play with Whitesnake in 1987 and appeared in several videos with the band and toured with them for a year.  While Vivian never played on any Whitesnake albums, he did play the guitar solo on the 1988 remix single for "Give Me All Your Love."

Vivian's next band was called Riverdogs.  They recorded and released an album in 1990, but it never took off.  Vivian then joined a band with Lou Gramm called Shadow King.  That band released an album in 1991 before breaking up. 

Vivian was planning a solo album when he received a call about joining Def Leppard.  Vivian's audition songs were "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin and "The Rocker" by Thin Lizzy.  Six weeks after being recruited by Def Leppard, Vivian made his debut on stage with the band at a club in Dublin.  Five days later, Vivian was introduced to the world at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness.  Vivian is still a member of Def Leppard.

In 1997, Vivian helped form the band Clock with PJ Smith, Mark Schulman, Mark Browne, and Manny Alvarez.  Although the lineup has changed slightly, Clock still performs in the Los Angeles area when they have the time.

 

Recordings with Sweet Savage

   

"Take No Prisoners" single with "Killing Time"

The Friday Rock Show album, released in 1981, featured "Eye of the Storm" by Sweet Savage.

 

Albums with Dio

 

Holy Diver

1983

Vivian has co-writing credits on

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"Invisible"

bullet"Rainbow in the Dark"
bullet"Shame on the Night"
bullet"Gypsy"
bullet"Caught in the Middle"

 

The Last in Line

1984

Vivian has co-writing credits on

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"The Last in Line"

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"Breathless"

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"I Speed at Night"

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"One Night in the City"

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"Eat your Heart Out"

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"Egypt (The Chains are On)"        

 

 

Sacred Heart

1985

                                                         

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Vivian's work is also featured on several greatest hits and live albums by Dio.

Recordings with Whitesnake

  

Vivian recorded the solo for the 1988 remix single of "Give Me All Your Love."

 

Albums with The Riverdogs

Riverdogs

1990

Vivian has co-writing credits on

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"I Believe"

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 "Water from the Moon"

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 "Rain, Rain"

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 "America"

 

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This Special In-Store Advance CD has the same songs as the self titled debut CD.

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In 2004, The Riverdogs contributed a new song, "World Gone Mad," to the Melodicrock.com compilation CD, Volume 2 - The Beast Inside.

 

Albums with Shadow King

Shadow King

1991

 

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Vivian has a co-writing credit for the song "Russia."

Albums with Def Leppard

     

Retroactive

1993

Vivian played guitars on a few songs from Retroactive, such as

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"Two Steps Behind"

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"Only After Dark"

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"From the Inside"

   

Vault

1995

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Vault featured one new song, "When Love & Hate Collide," on which Vivian played.

  

Slang

1996 

                                                                               

Vivian has writing credits on the following songs from Slang:

bullet"Truth?"
bullet"Work it Out"

 

             

Euphoria

1996

Vivian has writing credits on the following songs from Euphoria:

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"Demolition Man"

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"Paper Sun"

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"It's Only Love"

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"To Be Alive"

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"Guilty"

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"Day After Day"

 

 

X

2002

                                                                     

Vivian has co-writing song credits on the following songs on X:

bullet"Now"
bullet"You're So Beautiful"
bullet"Everyday"
bullet"Four Letter Word"
bullet"Torn to Shreds"
bullet"Love Don't Lie"
bullet"Gravity"
bullet"Cry"
bullet"Girl Like You"
bullet"Let Me Be the One"
bullet"Scar"

Rock of Ages

The Definitive Collection

2005

 

Guest Appearances

Bunny Brunel's L.A. Zoo

1998

Vivian played on six of the twelve tracks on the Bunny Brunel L.A. Zoo CD.  They are:

bullet"Tropicana"  
bullet"Vivian's Boogie"
bullet"Maybe Tuesday"
bullet"Led Boots"
bullet"Ten Years Later"
bullet"Stratus"

Todd Rundgren

With a Little Help from my Friends

Vivian is featured on the first track, "Drive."

Lou Gramm

Long Hard Look

1989

Vivian played guitar on Gramm's second solo album.

 

  

Carmine Appice

Guitar Zeus 2001       

Vivian plays on "Doing Fine."

 

 

 

Jeffology:  A Guitar Chronicle

1995

Vivian plays on "Led Boots" for this Jeff Beck tribute album

Hear N Aid

1985

 

Vivian joined an all star cast of musicians for the Hear N Aid LP.

On the song "Stars", Vivian can be heard playing on the second solo with Brad Gillis and on the fourth solo with Yngwie Malmsteen.  Vivian co-wrote the song.

 

 

GOTTHARD

1992

Vivian played lead guitar on "Firedance" and "Get Down."

 

PJ Smith

Fear of Flying

 

Vivian played on a track called "Troubled Friend."

Vixen

Vivian played the guitar on "Desperate," the fifth track on Vixen's self titled debut, released in 1988.

 

Graham Bonnet

The Day I went Mad

1999

Vivian plays the guitar on the second track, "Don't Look Down."

 

 

Monarchy

Birth

2002

 

Vivian played the guitar solo on the song "The Bridge."