Hair Metal Mansion correspondent JOE SCHAEFFER checks in with the following:
Original Dio band members guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinny Appice and keyboardist Claude Schnell recruited vocalist Andrew Freeman to put together Last in Line. Their main focus was to honor the legacy of the great Ronnie James Dio. They played a few shows with a set list comprised of songs from ‘Holy Diver’, ‘Last in Line’ and ‘Sacred Heart’. I had the pleasure to see their first show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton, CA on August 3rd, 2013.
In 2015 the band decided to take it a step further and start recording new tracks for a full length CD which is entitled would eventually be entitled ‘Heavy Crown.’ The album was officially released on February 19th 2016 on Frontier Records.
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In January of 2016 bassist Jimmy Bain passed away and the band decided to part ways with Claude Schnell. With the release of the CD they decided to play a handful of live shows which included the May 25th show at the Whisky A Go-Go. They added Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) to play bass and Erik Norlander (ex-Asia featuring John Payne) on keyboards for the shows.
The group performed a set that included tracks from the first two Dio albums as well as four tracks of the ‘Heavy Crown’ release. (See set list below)
We were entertained with powerful performance by lead singer Andrew Freeman. No one can ever replace the late great Ronnie James Dio and Freeman doesn’t attempt to. He gives us his own interpretation of the songs. He particularly shines through on the four tracks from ’Heavy Crown.’ The band was in fine form and Vivian Campbell nailed all the leads as if it was 1983 all over again. Vinny Appice still hits the drums like no other.
There are no plans for any additional shows at the moment, but Freeman eluded that there would be additional dated added very soon. If you have the opportunity to see Last in Line in concert, they certainly will not disappoint.
May 25th, 2016
Stand Up and Shout
Straight Through the Heart
Devil in Me
Don't Talk to Strangers
Egypt (The Chains Are On)
I Speed at Night
The Last in Line
Rainbow in the Dark
I Am Revolution
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