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"This is a real band, a real organization.  No petty bullshit.  None of that, 'My champagne is not perfectly chilled, cancel the tour.'  No eggshells to be walking on."

--Vivian on the differences between working with Def Leppard and previous bands (Metal Edge, 1992)

"I don't know how anyone could vote Republican.  It's so obvious that their only interest is keeping the rich rich."

--Vivian on politics (Metal Edge, 1992)

"When I first saw Marc Bolan I was like nine years old, I said, 'That's what I want to do.'  The long hair, the makeup, having girls around was cool."

--Vivian on influences (Metal Edge, 1992)


"I therefore consider it a great privilege to be part of a band who, as a fan, I have watched grown from young hopefuls to a bona fide rock institution."

--Vivian on Def Leppard (Hit Parader, 1992)

"Yeah, I'm the 'new guy'."

--Vivian's response after being asked if he felt like the "Ron Wood" of the band.  (Yahoo Launch Interview, 2002)

"I still have people saying to me, 'Oh, you're still together?'  They don't realize Leppard's been around this whole time, because people just don't get to hear us."

--Vivian, when asked if the climate was right to make a comeback with 'X'  (Yahoo Launch Interview, 2002)

"I never had a real job, you know, I always knew I was destined for stardom.  That's tongue in cheek by the way in case you haven't noticed."

--Vivian on what it looked like he was going to do before Def Leppard  (Planet Rock Profiles, July 1999)

"Girls..... really um nah, I always just liked the sound of an electric guitar."

--Vivian on what attracted him to music (Planet Rock Profiles, July 1999)

"No, no no, I knew...I actually knew I was going to be perfect for Def Leppard, sorry I hate to say  that but I knew it, and I was very well prepared, so no, I wasn't nervous about it."

--Vivian, when asked if he was nervous auditioning for Def Leppard (Planet Rock Profiles, July 1999)

"Oh I don't know, I never had a real job either.  I fell out of school and learned to play guitar.  I suppose I could be a successful housewife and mother."

--Vivian on what he would be doing if he wasn't a rock star (En Ligne Interview, 09/96)

"Falling off it!"

--Vivian, when asked "What was the worst thing that ever happened to you on stage?"  (Metal Edge, September 1996)

"The tin opener."

--Vivian, when asked "What's your specialty in the kitchen?"  (Metal Edge, January 1997)

"Playing guitar."

--Vivian, when asked "What was the biggest mistake you ever made?"  (Metal Edge, February 1997)

"Sapporo beer."

--Vivian, when asked "What's always in your refrigerator?"  (Metal Edge, October 1996)

"U2, four guys who listen to each other."

--Vivian, when asked "What's the best concert you ever attended?"  (Metal Edge, March 1997)

"Being a songwriter, singer, and a great part of a unit is more important than being Joe Guitar Hero."

--Vivian (Metal Edge, February 1997)