Last In Line


The Right To Rock Podcast - LAST IN LINE

Monday, October 27, 2014
Categories: has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #43), featuring Last in Line (Ex-Dio, Black Sabbath) bassist Vinnie Appice.  Vinnie took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Last in Line's latest release II, as well as current tour.  Vinnie also answers the question if whether the original Dio band ever has a possibility to of getting back together, when Dio was still alive.  Tune in to find out what he says. Interview lasts approx. 20 min.
The boys recently caught up with Last In Line drummer Vinnie Appice to discuss Last In Line's latest release II. Vinnie also discusses the band's tour plans as well, as how the whole project started.  He also takes us back to his days backing up John Lennon.  This one is not to be missed.
And hey if you dig Last In Line's music as much as we do, then show them some love by purchasing their music from your favorite online store won't you?  HORNS UP!


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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice ( spoke to Ex- Dio, Last in Line and  Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. Campbell, spoke about his battle with cancer, Last in Line's new album and not getting paid in Dio which resulted in him getting fired.
LAST IN LINE's sophomore album, "II", will be released February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl.

When asked about his current health and his battle with Cancer
"I'm tired today I got another infusion yesterday, I'm supposed to do them every three to four weeks but given the touring schedule particularly last year with Def Leppard I had to push it to six to seven weeks. I've been very fortunate that I found a treatment that works for me. I was part of a clinical trial for this new wonder drug almost four years ago and now it got FDA approved and it's working for me, so it's holding everything in place. Also it has minimal side effects,  it's  immunotherapy  a general term given to a bunch of these new drugs  that basically bolster the immune system and the body and so your body can fight cancer. My oncologist seems to be happy for now. I feel  very fortunate as there's only about a third of the population who actually has been able to use this drug and get good results from it because it's based on your genetic makeup.  You have to have a certain genetic marker in order to be given this drug, something called PDL,  which I happen to have and about a third of the population has as well. This drug will be given  to people regardless of what your what kind of cancer you have, as long as you have this PDL. So if you have lung cancer or in my case lymphoma it will yield good results."
When asked about what it was like to work with producer Jeff Pilson on the New Last in Line Album coming out on Feb 22 2019 
"Jeff has so much  energy. Jeff is very upbeat, funny, it's always a better room when Jeff is in it. Jeff's musical talent is quite diverse too, he's a lot more than a bass player, he plays keyboards, guitar and sings.  He is also a very experienced and talented songwriter, engineer and producer,  just a really really well-rounded very talented artist. It's always a pleasure to work with Jeff, the hardest part about working with Jeff is just nailing him, he's so busy and that's true of all of us."
When asked about recording the new Last in Line album
"We have to work around everyone's we're evolving busy schedules and and we kind of do these records piecemeal, it's not like we go in and we've got three or four weeks to actually make a record I mean that would be luxurious. We'd write and record two three four songs at a time and then there would  be months in between where we would reconvene and do another two three four songs."
When asked if there is a Dio flavour to the album and what it was like to play with Phil Soussan
"There's the underlying element of the Dio vibe yes, that's because we have 50% of the original Dio members in this band now. When we started the project Jimmy Bain was still alive, so when Jimmy,  Vinny Appice and I played  it was like the Holy Diver album all over again.There's just a chemistry that the three had when we played together. Losing Jimmy Bain  was a real kick in the nuts for us  but we eventually we carried on and we were very fortunate to get Phil Soussan (Ex-Ozzy). Phil is very much cut from the same cloth as Jimmy and in terms of understanding the kind of  dynamics or that kind of music  but he's a different player than Jimmy.  Jimmy was a very fundamental player, with a huge tone and just great timing. Phil is less of a fundamental player he's a little bit more adventurous and musical and he wants to find passages to play."
When asked about the organic growth of Last in Line band
"When the project started we had no ambition other than to play songs from the first three do albums and play some clubs around LA where we were living at the time.  Had I known that we were going to  record and release albums of original music I would have thought twice about naming the band Last in Line. It just seemed like a very appropriate title at the time. Ronnie had passed away about a year and a half prior to us starting this project  and we just wanted to go ahead and play the early Dio songs and have fun. Nobody thought it was gonna grow and become a real serious band  but here we are." 
When asked about his thoughts about bands today who sound like Dio Copycats
" I would say, I have no idea to be honest I'm not familiar with them. I don't listen to a lot of music, I  generally live under a rock  and I just kind of do my own thing. But you know if our singer Andrew Freeman had walked into that rehearsal room back in late 2011 and if he had sounded anything like Ronnie I wouldn't have planned any shows. I just think that would be a bit cheesy,. Ronnie was the best of his genre and he was just like such a gifted singer had such a unique voice and tonality and style. I think  it would have been really creepy to to go on stage with a Ronnie clone.  I had a lot of people say to me why didn't you get this guy or that guy they sound like Ronnie but that's totally missing the point,.  Andrew freeman is a really strong singer,  he can sing anything and he can sing the Ronnie stuffy that's in his wheelhouse and  but he does it in his own way. The tonality of his voice is totally different and makes it his own and that's what appealed to me in the first place and that's what made this in interest project for me."
When asked about him getting fired for standing up for himself because of payments that were promised but not delivered
 " I was in my early twenties and  it wasn't about the money to me but it's about the principle,  I'm very very big on principle. When somebody makes me a promise I expect them to keep it  because I keep my word  it's that's just the way I was brought up. When I tell somebody I'm going to do something I meet my commitments. Ronnie had made us a promise and payment and we worked for very little money, less than our road crew and the band was very successful. Back then people bought records and we were selling a lot of records and  we were all very involved in the creative process, it was really a collaborative process. We were kind of squeezed.  Wendy Dio who never really saw it as a band. She never really saw the value  in the band and that's something that really really upset me.  "
"After I was fired  I think Ronnie knew better he understood the real magic that the original band had and the chemistry we had and how we created together. I think Ronnie was really fearful of her and he never stood up. Like I said it was never about money  I just wanted what Ronnie  promised, it was a contract that was between the four of us and and he just wasn't man enough to follow through on it and and I called him on it and I got fired as a result. It was very painful for me for many years. We never got royalty checks that was the whole issue, we worked for for minimum wages even though we were writing the music  we got no royalties, we got none of the merchandise or the t-shirts or those ticket sales for the venue's or anything.  We got a flat salary that was less than the road crew. Ronnie had promised by the third album  Sacred Heart there would be an equity situation so that was the the principal that got me fired. You know they offered us a few few hundred dollars more per week and then I got sent a contract  by Wendy  and it said failure to sign and return this contract by this date will constitute you're no longer being in the band.  I tried to call Ronnie, I was in Ireland at the time, it was a break  between legs of the Sacred Heart tour which finished North America. I'd gone back to visit my family my parents and I got this contract in a FedEx envelope and I was shocked I opened it and and I tried to call Ronnie and he wouldn't answer the phone.  Next thing you know Craig Goldie is the guitarist.  It was a seamless transition obviously it was well-executed and planned you know but that I wouldn't change any of that,  I would change maybe how I reacted to it in later years.  Ronnie and I both made the mistake of airing our grievances in public which is never a good idea but you know it is what it is and it was only after Ronnie passed away that I was really able to kind of look at the entire situation in a very different light. For years I didn't want anything to do with with the legacy of Dio. Later on  I really wanted to reconnect with that fire.
When asked if Pete Wilis the original guitarist will join the band on their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
"I really don't know I mean you know Joe Elliot put it out there in an interview. I know that  Pete's Willis was welcome to come join, I hope he does I really do. I only ever met Pete once many years ago very briefly and you know I don't know the guy at all but he was a very very important part of the legacy of the original Def Leppard. I think it'd be great if he shows up. "
When asked if he would have mended fences with Ronnie today and work together if he was alive
 "I think if the gatekeepers would have let that happen Ronnie and I absolutely would have worked together again. There are always people who come between artists.  People always ask me well what's Ronnie like.  Ronnie had his good days and his bad days  there were  days when when Ronnie was really difficult to be around and there were days when he was a real pleasure to be around. I think Ronnie was very proud of me as a guitar player particularly in the early days  he really liked taking me around L.A .saying this is my new guitar player, look what I discovered, like Ozzy had Randy Rhoads.  I wanted to bring my best riffs and then play my best solos I wanted to be the best I could be for that band and then I gave my all  because again we were working towards a common goal or so we thought. "
DEF LEPPARD's brand new greatest-hits collection titled "The Story So Far - The Best Of", was released in November.
The band will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this spring. The honor comes after the British rockers got the most votes in the Rock Hall's online fan poll.

LAST IN LINE Debut New Single; Album 'II' Out Feb 22

Friday, February 22, 2019
Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, and Andrew Freeman collectively known as Last in Line, are set to release their second album, “II” via Frontiers Music Srl on February 22.
Last In Line was formed in 2011, when Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell, (Ronnie James Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the "Holy Diver", "Last In Line" - the album from which they took their name, and "Sacred Heart” albums) teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew Freeman. The debut al-bum “Heavy Crown” was released in February 2016, landing at #1 on the Billboard HeatSeekers Chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when bassist Jimmy Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. Last In Line, honoring what they knew would be Bain’s wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as Saxon and Megadeth.
In late 2017, the band gathered in L.A. to start the recording of the second album, which was produced by the band members and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End: machine, ex-Dokken), who also produced the debut album. Having really gelled as a band while touring in support of the debut album, the songwriting came readily to the members. They’ve created a record that shows a big progression in sound, while immediately being recognizable as Last In Line thanks to Vinny Appice’s rhythms, thunderous bass from Soussan, amazing vocals from Andrew Freeman, and the roaring guitars of Vivian Campbell.
1. Intro
2. Black Out The Sun
3. Landslide
4. Gods And Tyrants
5. Year Of The Gun
6. Give Up The Ghost
7. The Unknown
8. Sword From The Stone
9. Electrified
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light
Andrew Freeman - Vocals
Vinny Appice - Drums
Phil Soussan - Bass
Vivian Campbell – Guitars

LAST IN LINE Announce California and Nevada Show Dates

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Friday, February 19, 2016
LAST IN LINE---the band that features current DEF LEPPARD/former DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell, former DIO/BLACK SABBATH drummer Vinny Appice and vocalist Andrew Freeman (RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT/OFFSPRING) have confirmed five USA concert dates for October before they head out on a UK/Europe tour. After memorable appearances at the LOUD PARK Festival in Japan and Rocklahoma in the USA, requests came soaring in from fans, demanding that LAST IN LINE play more stateside shows. To round out the line-up bassist Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, VINCE NEIL) has been enlisted after original DIO bassist/original LAST IN LINE member Jimmy Bain passed away. Erik Norlander (Ex-ASIA) will handle keyboards.

October 22: Costa Mesa, California-Tiki Bar, 7pm
October 23: West Hollywood, California-The Whisky, 7pm
October 28: Sacramento, California-The Boardwalk, 7pm
October 29: Reno, Nevada-Rock Bar
October 30: Las Vegas, Nevada-Vamp'd

Vivian Campbell says, "We're thrilled and humbled by the reaction the ‘Heavy Crown’ album has gotten and in due course we look forward to playing more shows across the entire U.S. as schedule and resources permit."

Earlier this year, saw the release of the well-received, debut album from LAST IN LINE, "Heavy Crown." The album landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart, #6 on the Hard Rock albums chart and #22 on the Top Rock chart.

What started as a casual and fun reunion jam in a Los Angeles rehearsal room in 2011 has grown into a fully-fledged recording project that has taken on a life of its own. LAST IN LINE, the band, takes its name from the second DIO album released in 1984. Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell were Ronnie Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart albums records that defined the classsic early Dio sound and became a part of rock history.

Appice stated that LAST IN LINE would be playing more dates during late 2016 and 2017 as Campbell’s Def Leppard duties eased off. He also praised LAST IN LINE's live performances, saying: "The band kicks ass. It's so much fun to play together. We have a great time on and off the stage. It's just a real pleasure playing, especially with Viv again. We're not doing this to try to make money; we're doing this because we want do it. And Viv is totally enjoying playing this stuff and revisiting his old solos. With the addition of Phil and Erik we have become a powerhouse again.”

Phil Soussan, who is the heir to the late Jimmy Bain’s place in the band, says: “It is such a thrill to be playing with LAST IN LINE. Jimmy and I were not only bass players in ‘sister’ bands but also longtime friends. I am proud to be able to do him justice and to pay tribute to his legacy. In fact we are all friends and former bandmates. Vinny keeps me on ‘10’ and we bring the thunder.  It is an honor to finally share a stage with Vivian and to reunite with Andrew who is ‘the real deal’ and Erik who brings so much texture to the music. The band just feels so right ...and heavy!”

Keyboard Virtuoso, Erik Norlander also weighs in: "Vinny and Phil are an absolutely thunderous rhythm section that is truly genre defining! It’s so great to be playing with them again. Andrew is an unstoppable powerhouse vocalist and an amazing frontman. We always feel so confident going on stage with him. And, Vivian leads the charge of this mighty brigade with his unfathomably heavy virtuoso guitar work. It’s a thrill to weave my keyboard parts around his iconic riffs.”

The LAST IN LINE project has been especially significant to Vivian Campbell, who has been playing to enthusiastic audiences on tour with both DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE while battling cancer. He says, "I'm pleased to report that my cancer treatments are going as well as I could hope for and that my ability to continue my work during this difficult time has given me even greater purpose in both life and work. It's been an absolute pleasure to re-connect with my old friends and our past musical legacy and to build upon that with Andrew on the ‘Heavy Crown’ album.”

Campbell adds, “Losing Jimmy was a very bitter blow for all of us, but we will continue to honor him through performing the music he created. Jimmy would very much approve of his old friend Phil Soussan joining us to help make this happen and the addition of Erik Norlander on keys elevates the band to new musical heights. I find tremendous joy in each and every note that we play together."

VIP Packages can be purchased at the band’s official website. They include: Meet and Greet with Last In Line, VIP Souvenir Laminate, Guitar Pic Set, Group Picture with the band, Personal items autographed and Autographed Band Photo

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VINNY APPICE talks to Totally Driven Radio about LAST IN LINE

Monday, January 19, 2015

Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 11 pm Est time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews,

Returning to Totally Driven Radio is Legendary Drummer Vinny Appice, formerly of Dio and Heaven n Hell,  now with The Last in Line

We talked to Vinny about…

**The great response The Last in Line has gotten for their debut album “Heavy Crown”
**How the Last in Line got together

**What it was like playing again with Vivian Campbell
**The sudden passing of Jimmy Bain
**The days leading up to his passing
**The sendoff they did to Jimmy on the ship
**Did Jimmy know or not about the cancer
**Having Eric Brittingham of Cinderella fill in for Jimmy on the cruise
**The explosion of the Rock Cruises, and if he enjoys them
**If they figured out whom the new bass player will be
**If Andrew felt any pressure to fill the shoes of Ronnie James Dio
**If Wendy Dio supportive of The Last in Line
**Playing “Rainbow in the Dark” recently at a benefit with Slash
**If he asked Slash if the need a drummer for GnR
**Any more Drum Wars with his brother Carmine
**He touched on Resurrection Kings with Craig Goldy
**He talked about the people from the cruise texted people back at shore, about Jimmy’s passing before his family was notified

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One on One with Mitch Lafon - JEFF PILSON

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
FOREIGNER's JEFF PILSON joins Mitch on episode 197 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
In the episode's only interview, bassist Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's latest release In Concert: Unplugged (available only on Amazon for the benefit of Juvenile Diabetes), working on the Last In Line album (featuring Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice), working on the Mortal Kombat movie, his friendship with Steven Adler and his potential return to Guns N' Roses and the upcoming classic era DOKKEN reunion.

Quotes from the Jeff Pilson interview:

New album: "It may be acoustic, but it still rocks."

Dokken Reunion: "We've all come to a place where we are very appreciative of the legacy Dokken has. When we finally do something, we are going to try and do it right, but we are going to try and do something. Hopefully, I'll have something to report sometime soon."

Steven Adler & Guns N' Roses: "I'm a huge GUNS N' ROSES fan. I happen to think Matt Sorum is an amazing drummer, but chemistry is something you cannot argue with."

"There is something about the chemistry of Steven with those guys that made a sound that I think is the sound that we all know as that classic amazing Guns N' Roses sound. As great as the band could be in later days, I just never think it had that same desperate energy again. So, do I think he should get the call? Of course, I do. I honestly believe that those guys know that. They feel that deep down."

"I think he's ready and I hope to God he gets the phone call because if he does the world is going to get lit on fire again."

Last In Line: "I'm so insanely proud of that rock. It really feels like a little piece of history and I couldn't be more hounored (than) to be a part of it."

Will you tour with Last in Line: "I would step in in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, Foreigner already has dates."

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LAST IN LINE - Heavy Crown (Review)

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Hard Rock
Friday, February 19, 2016
The hyperbole has been high and I must admit, on paper the idea of Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain (RIP) joining Vivian Campbell in a Dio-inspired new material project was very tantalizing.
I mean, who wouldn’t be excited at the prospect of Vivian returning to his roots and really getting a chance to shred again?
But try as I may, I have not been able to get into this album. I’ll take some heat for that, but it’s all about personal taste and my opinion is that this album hasn’t worked in a couple of areas.
First – Andrew Freeman. Monster voice and commanding frontman, but I just don’t take to his vocal style on this album. Too much shouting, it’s just not gelling with me.
That’s not so say it’s not an impressive performances, but I just can’t warm to it.
Second – pacing. As is the case with a lot of Dio material, the overall tempo favors a slow, methodical pace with occasional forays into something more uptempo.
But in most cases, I really struggle with albums that plod along.
The album opens mid-pace with the impressive rocker Devil In Me and immediately launches into the fastest track of the album with Martyr. That’s my kind of pace.
Starmaker is haunting and has potential, but I struggle with the vocals and the ultra-slow pace, which continue into Burn This House Down.
I Am Revolution hits the fastest mark of the entire album with a flurry of guitars and a rapid beat. This is what I was hoping to hear more of, cool track.
But then Blame It On Me heads straight back to ultra-slow plodding heavy metal. Already Dead tries to break out of that pace but doesn’t manage it for long.
Curse The Day has an interesting moody and somewhat melodic hook, but still remains relatively slow moving.
The next two tracks pick up the pace a little, but not enough.
The Sickness is a slow metal ballad or sorts. Some cool riffing, but not enough to save the second half of the album.

Jeff Pilson handles production responsibilities with his usual professional aplomb, and fans waiting to hear Vivian Campbell shred again are rewarded with some fine performances here.
I know there will be a great many that love this record and it isn’t without merit. It’s just one of those records that despite the obvious quality, hasn’t made a lasting impression to these ears.



JIMMY BAIN's Death Blamed On Cancer

From Vinny Appice:
Jimmy Bain - friend, brother and band mate passed away on Saturday January 23, 2016.
The Medical Examiner report states the official cause of death was lung cancer.
Jimmy didn't know he had lung cancer, but he did know he had pneumonia and was receiving treatment for it.
This didn't stop him or slow him down, we had four rehearsals 4 hours a day, then a flight to Miami for The Def Leppard Rock Cruise.
A pre-sail gig and sound check was scheduled for the following day. At the gig Jimmy played great and even sang that night while holding a heavy bass guitar on his back, never complaining or asking for help.
Next day we preceded to board the cruise ship for a 5 day voyage of which we were scheduled to play Sunday the 4th day.
That gig never happened as Jimmy passed away in his cabin the night before, we were devastated.
Jimmy was a trooper, he gave his all to the band he loved, the music he loved and the fans.He didn't want to let anyone down.
I don't know anyone that would have attempted this schedule while being this sick and not feeling well, a trooper.
He was so happy and proud of the new album we recorded, it so unfortunate and sad he didn't live to see it released.
We were all looking forward to being on the road and playing together again, there was such a magic between us.
Our prayers go out to his family and so many friends and fans who will miss the amazing person that was Jimmy Bain.
RIP Jimmy.

One On One With Mitch Lafon - VINNE APPICE: LAST IN LINE

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Famed DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL drummer, VINNY APPICE, joins Mitch in this special YouTube edition of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Vinny checks in for a quick update on his new band LAST IN LINE which includes the classic DIO - Holy Diver lineup featuring Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and bassist Jimmy Bain. Singer Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, Hurricane) rounds out the band. Their new album Heavy Crown is released in February 2016. He also discusses his RESURRECTION KINGS side project featuring Chas West (LYNCH MOB), guitarist Craig Goldy (DIO, DIO DISCIPLES), and bassist Sean McNabb (DOKKEN, GREAT WHITE). Their debut album is slated for January 2016. Vinny also addresses the current drumming situation in BLACK SABBATH and whether or not he'd like to join them for their Farewell Tour. Reminisces about the Black Sabbath MOB RULES album and picks his favorite between the Holy Diver and Mob Rules albums.

Quotes from the interview:

Vivian Campbell: "Viv is moving along with his health and he's doing really good now."

LAST IN LINE (the band): "Out of all the bands I've played with - this is my favorite combination of 'band'. I look forward to going to rehearsals. I look forward to being with them. It's just fun."

KILL DEVIL HILL: "There were a lot of things going on. It wasn't pleasant. It was a great band, but it wasn't pleasant."

BLACK SABBATH: "When I first joined the band, I was a kid. I brought my drums down to audition with them in my '67 Mustang. It started out from there and it was always 'you're in the band until Bill Ward comes back'. They expected him to come back. This was his baby."

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LAST IN LINE Debut 'Heavy Crown' out February 19; First Single Launched

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Friday, February 19, 2016

On Friday 19th February, Frontiers Music SRL will release one of the most highly anticipated Hard Rock releases of 2016 - the debut album from LAST IN LINE"Heavy Crown".
Formed by three original members of DIO including Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell (guitar) Vinny Appice (drums) and Jimmy Bain (bass) and named after DIO’s 1984 studio album "The Last In Line", the new band are on a mission to bring classic Hard Rock to fans who can’t get enough of the real thing. The album will be released on CD, CD/DVD (including a bonus track) and Digital formats. Pre-orders can be made HERE.
First single, Devil In Me was premiered on Planet Rock (UK) and SiriusXM (U.S.) on Monday, November 16th and today, November 17th, the official music video for the track is now available for viewing on YouTube. The single is now available as an instant grat with digital pre-orders from iTunes and Amazon MP3.
Last In Line (L-R): Andrew Freeman, Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice.
Photo Credit: Ross Halfin.
Says guitarist Vivian Campbell, "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 1980’s. Joined by Andrew Freeman on vocals, 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."
The new songs featured on the debut Last In Line album are all co-written by the four band members.
"When we first got together as the Last In Line line-up, our ambition at that time didn’t extend to writing and recording any new music, says Campbell, "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."
The new material was written after the band toured the classic Dio songs. During the tour, when the band started really connecting with each other musically, that’s when they decided the time was right to start writing new material for what was to become the Last In Line debut album.  Vivian Campbell will also be putting time aside to go on tour with Last In Line when not touring with Def Leppard.  Expect 2016 tour dates and festival appearances to be announced in the coming weeks.
What started as a casual and fun reunion jam in a Los Angeles rehearsal room in 2011 has, in the ensuing years, grown into a fully-fledged recording project that has taken on a life of it’s own. Last In Line, the band, takes it’s name from the second Dio album released in 1984. Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell were Ronnie Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heartalbums – the records that defined the classic early Dio sound and have gone on to become part of Rock History!

During that first jam, it was immediately apparent that the chemistry of the original band was very much intact – even after a 27 year hiatus. The excitement generated by that rediscovery led to a second session, this time they called in vocalist Andrew Freeman (a friend of Vinny's) whose credits include singing in the Raiding The Rock Vault production in Las Vegas and background vocals for The Offspring.
Andrew has the vocal power to complete the original powerhouse sound of the Dio band.

Hearing Andrew’s interpretations of the songs was a revelation for Vivian, who immediately suggested that they book some local shows for fun. In Vivian’s mind, the fact that Andrew could put a different spin on the songs made it an interesting prospect, and one that would justify taking things to the next stage, outside of the rehearsal room.

Over the ensuing years, a handful of local LA shows led to a handful of overseas shows in the UK and Japan, and eventually to an offer from Frontiers Records to record a new album of original material.

During the course of 2014 the band wrote and recorded 12 new songs under the guidance of longtime friend and producer Jeff Pilson. It proved to be a symbiotic relationship with Jeff that captured the organic crunch of the band and brought out the very best in Andrew’s voice and delivery.

In February of 2016, Last In Line’s debut album, Heavy Crown will be released, with the debut track, Devil In Me leading the charge. The band will gear up for a highly anticipated  tour in both the U.S. and Europe in support of the record. The "live"set will include new songs alongside their early classic Dio-era works.
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LAST IN LINE Debut 'Heavy Crown' out February 19

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Friday, February 19, 2016
News from LAST IN LINE.
The debut album will be titled Heavy Crown and released on February 19, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl. The CD was recorded at a Southern California studio with producer Jeff Pilson.
A message from Vivian Campbell of Last In Line:
"In preparation for the release of the debut Last In Line album, we recently shot a couple of music videos, did an epic photo shoot with Ross Halfin Photography, and prepared the album artwork and packaging. We’re very excited about what’s to come in early 2016 with the new record and thought we would take this opportunity to bring everyone up to speed with some changes that have happened within the band.
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 withRonnie James Dio in the early 1980’s. Joined by Andrew Freeman on vocals and original Dio keyboard player, Claude Schnell, we played a handful of shows from southern California to the U.K to Japan. It was a limited ambition, but one that 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 the Frontiers record label, we took that step forward. At that time, it was decided that we enter the studio to write this new album in the very same spirit as we did the Holy Diver record: In autumn of 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.
It was after Holy Diver was written and recorded that we brought in Claude to embellish certain songs in a way that the guitar just couldn’t do. From that time forward Claude became an essential part of the band's live shows.
In retracing our footsteps, we again started to write this new album as a four-piece band – thus keeping the emphasis on guitar-driven songs. In the course of doing so we have decided to continue on that path and remain a four-piece band.
We wish Claude every success and he remains a very close friend and confidant to all concerned."



Double Stop Podcast - JEFF PILSON

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
This week on the Double Stop Podcast, Jeff Pilson (Dokken, War & Peace, Dio, Foreigner, Lynch/Pilson, Underground Moon, T&N) discusses his entire career, including how he got his start on bass and his early bands/studies, how he joined Dokken, the making of their big albums in the 80's, why they broke up, why he didn't join Lynch Mob when they first formed, the formation of War & Peace, his time in Dio, the Dokken reunion, why he left, rekindling his friendship with George Lynch and the recording of Lynch / Pilson, why his name was off Underground Moon, and how he joined Foreigner and their latest recording - The Best of 4 & More.
Plus he talks about current producing jobs for Last In Line and Adler, and a new solo rock cd that he is considering making.

HAREM SCAREM Joins 'Frontiers Rock Fest 2' Replacing LAST IN LINE

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Frontiers Music Srl informs that due to circumstances beyond each party reasonable control the band LAST IN LINE will not be able to perform at the forthcoming FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL II which will be held at the Live Club in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 11th and 12th 2015.
Frontiers is anyway pleased to announce that the Canadian quartet HAREM SCAREM will perform instead at the Festival and have their show on April 11th. 'We would love to do it!!!' said Harem Scarem singer Harry Hess, when asked if the band wanted to join the Festival lineup! The band will perform classic tracks and new songs from the acclaimed new album 'Thirteen' which will hit the shops on December 5th in Europe.
In the meantime, whoever will preorder the album now on iTunes will be able to download the full track 'Early Warning Signs' which can be also listened in streaming on Youtube following this link:

Frontiers Signs LAST IN LINE For 2015 Debut

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of LAST IN LINE featuring original Dio members, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, along with vocalist Andrew Freeman.

When he left Black Sabbath in early 1982 to form his own band, the late, great Ronnie James Dio took powerhouse Black Sabbath drummer, Vinny Appice with him.

Ronnie knew that he wanted a European flavor to balance-out the band, so he asked his former Rainbow bandmate and Scottish native, bassist Jimmy Bain to join him. In turn, Jimmy recommended a young Irish guitarist, Vivian Campbell to complete the line-up. When the four of them met and played for the first time in a North London rehearsal room in September 1982, the magic was evident and the classic Dio band line-up was born.

Between 1983 and 1985, in quick succession, that line-up wrote, recorded and toured the first three Dio albums. Widely considered to be the crown jewels of the Dio catalogue, Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart went on to sell millions as the band, now reinforced by keyboard player, Claude Schnell, played to audiences worldwide.

By 1985, however, trouble was brewing and the fabric of the band had started to unravel. Beginning with Vivian Campbell's firing during the Sacred Heart tour, one by one the other original band members left the fold and slowly the magic was lost.

30 years after the recording of Holy Diver, and without trying to replace the singular sound that was Ronnie's voice, the original band have started playing the songs they created together again. Joined by the passionate, powerful and unique voice of vocalist Andrew Freeman, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell have united under the name of their classic album, Last In Line, to perform and tour their original songs again.

When any group of musicians write and record together, they create a sound that becomes uniquely theirs. Last In Line brings to life those early, classic Dio albums in a way that only they know how. In a way that only they can.
Frontiers plans to release the new recording in the spring of 2015.

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