You could call them a “supergroup” and it would be absolutely legitimate and applicable. Last In Line is the stellar hard rock act that was originally begun as a tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio by former members of his band.
At the time of the band’s inception, guitarist Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), bassist Jimmy Bain (Rainbow), and drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath) were eager to share the music from their years in the band DIO. The trio was integral players on the first three DIO studio albums, Holy Diver (1993), Last In Line (1984) and Sacred Heart (1985).
Eventually recruiting vocalist Andrew Freeman (Hurricane, Lynch Mob) into the fold, Last In Line transformed into a bona fide working band with their 2014 studio début of all original material, Heavy Crown.
The critically acclaimed début (produced by Jeff Pilson of Dokken/Foreigner fame) was a bold musical statement that channeled the traditional sound and style of the early DIO material. At the same time, it showcased Last In Line‘s ability to stand on their own creative merits.
Unfortunately, the band suffered the passing of Jimmy Bain in early 2016. Despite the devastating loss, they have continued on. They recruited bassist Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol), keyboardist Erik Norlander (Asia, Lana Lane) and recently announced a full U.S. tour (full dates and tour trailer video is below).
On Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, Last In Line will perform in my home state, at The Forum (Hal Rogers Center) in Hazard, Kentucky. Support for this must-see show will be provided by the Johnson City, Tennessee-based band Dula and Richmond, KY’s Sinful Lilly. For tickets and reserved seating options, visit this location or call 606-434-8648 daily 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Forum / Hal Rogers Ctr., 102 Bulldog Lane, Hazard, KY. 41701
There are also VIP or Meet And Greet Packages available and on sale NOW here.
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