The Last In Line
After Ronnie James Dio passed away in '10, the original members of Dio (the group) reformed in '12, taking their name from the '84 Dio album "The Last In Line." Vivian Campbell (guitar), Claude Schnell (keyboards), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) added vocalist Andrew Freeman.
The driving force behind the group was Campbell. Rehearsals began in the weeks before Campbell joined Def Leppard on their '12 Rock of Ages Tour. With the tour completed, The Last In Line played a series of U.S. dates. Everything was on track. Right? Not so fast.
Campbell fought Hodgkin's lymphoma as he embarked on a tour with Def Leppard in support of their '15 self-titled set. That put The Last In Line on hold again.
When it came time to record, Schnell decided to bail, not happy with the musical direction.
After their debut album, "Heavy Crown," was completed, The Last In Line joined Def Leppard's Hysteria on the High Seas concert cruise to promote the album. While on that junket, Bain died of lung cancer.
So now what? The album was released amid uncertainty whether the group would continue or not.
The decision was made to continue. Last In Line named former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan as Bain's replacement for upcoming shows.
2016 Heavy Crown