ORIGINAL DIO MEMBERS REUNITE ALONG WITH VOCALIST ANDREW FREEMAN (formerly of The Offspring, Hurricaine, Lynch Mob)
Current Line Up: Vinny Appice (drums) - Vivian Campbell (guitar) - Andrew Freeman (vocals) - Phil Soussan (bass) - Eric Norlander (keyboards)
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 – these records have gone on to become part of rock history.
During a spontaneous jam session it was apparent that the chemistry of the original band was very much intact, even after a 27-year hiatus. Over the ensuing years a handful of local LA shows led to a handful of overseas shows in the U.K. and Japan, and eventually to an offer from Frontiers to record a new album of original material. During the course of 2014 the band wrote and recorded 12 new songs and chose longtime friend Jeff Pilson as producer capturing the organic crunch of the band and the very best in Andrew’s voice and delivery.
The release, however, was preceded by tragedy, when Jimmy Bain passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016; another great musician taken from us far too soon. Jimmy was immensely proud of the new album and his input on "Heavy Crown" was immeasurable. Last In Line’s debut album, “Heavy Crown” was released on February 2016, hitting number #1 on the Billboard Heat-Seekers Chart, with the singles “Devil In Me” and “Starmaker” leading the charge.
Last in Line’s extensive tour schedule in 2016 including headlining both the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy and the Metal Stage at the Rocklahoma Festival, bringing in renowned bassist Phil Soussan and keyboardist Erik Norlander on board, a full European tour in November 2016 appearing as special guests to Saxon on selected European dates and headlining a raft of venues across the UK and also releasing "Heavy Crown" on gatefold vinyl.