Last In Line, the band formed by original Dio members Vivian Campbell (guitar, of Def Leppard), Jimmy Bain (bass, ex-Rainbow) and Vinny Appice (drums, ex-Black Sabbath) with Andrew Freeman on vocals have released their debut single, ‘Devil In Me’ on Frontiers Music SRL prior to their debut album Heavy Crown due out in 2016.
“When we started this project a few years ago, the initial idea was to reunite the original Dio band to play the songs we wrote and recorded with Ronnie in the early 1980s,” said Vinnie Campbell. “We played a handful of shows in southern California, the UK, and Japan. It was a limited ambition, but it brought us great joy in reconnecting to this great music, to each other, and to our collective history.
“Our ambition at that time didn’t extend to writing and recording any new music, but when we were offered the opportunity to do so by Frontiers, we decided to enter the studio to write this new album in the very same spirit as we did the Holy Diver album. Back in 1982 Ronnie, Vinny, Jimmy and I went into Sound City studios to kick around ideas and riffs, and about six weeks later we started laying down the tracks for what was to become the Holy Diver album.”
Through 2014 Last In Line wrote and recorded 12 new songs under the guidance of long time friend and producer Jeff Pilson (Foreigner). It proved to be a symbiotic relationship with Jeff that is said to have “captured the organic crunch of the band and brought out the very best in Andrew’s voice and delivery” – Freeman previously having sung in the Raiding The Rock Vault Las Vegas production and supplied background vocals for The Offspring.
Last In Line’s debut album, Heavy Crown will be released in February 2016, and a tour of both the USA and Europe in support of the record (plus Dio-era classics) is being finalised, that will fit in between the individual members’ other commitments.