Last In Line – featuring original DIO members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain, together with vocalist Andrew Freeman – are to release their debut album, ‘Heavy Crown’, via Frontiers Records on 19 February.
Guitarist Campbell, who is currently touring Europe with Def Leppard, said:
“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. 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.”
“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; 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.”
‘Heavy Crown’ is available for pre-order.