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VHS?
01-27-16, 07:00 PM
Named after Dio’s 1984 studio album, The Last In Line, the band are on a mission to bring classic hard rock to fans who can’t get enough of the real thing. The album will be released on CD, CD/DVD (including a bonus track) and digital formats.

Says guitarist Vivian Campbell, “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 1980’s. 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, says Campbell, “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.”
CD tracklisting:

“Devil In Me”
“Martyr”
“Starmaker”
“Burn This House Down”
“I Am Revolution”
“Blame It On Me”
“In Flames” (Bonus Track Deluxe Edition)
“Already Dead”
“Curse The Day”
“Orange Glow”
“Heavy Crown”
“The Sickness”

DVD tracklisting:

“Devil In Me” (video)
“Starmaker” (video)
Making of Heavy Crown

"Devil in Me"

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"Starmaker"

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"Martyr"

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"Blame it on Me"

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Jason
01-27-16, 09:11 PM
Good stuff. Sadly, it's probably going to end up being a footnote with the passing of Jimmy Bain.

Friday will also see the release of the Resurrection Kings album, with former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy and drummer Vinny Appice.

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B5Erik
01-28-16, 08:02 AM
I'm really digging everything I've heard from Last In Line so far and I'm really looking forward to the full album. It really is the closest we'll get to a new DIO album and, fortunately, it sounds like they came up with some very good stuff that lives up to the legacy of the original band.

Resurrection Kings sounds pretty good, too. I'm definitely picking that one up.

Hokeyboy
01-28-16, 10:33 AM
They premiered three videos on the Def Leppard Cruise, during the Jimmy Bain memorial. They sounded pretty damn great. Freeman is an amazing vocalist. I'm very much looking forward to this album.

hdnmickey
01-28-16, 11:16 AM
I'll be getting this for sure as well. Loved the material those guys put out with Ronnie. I'm beyond thrilled Campbell is back to doing Dio like material. As I Def Leppard fan I thought he was a great replacement for Clark, but his best work was with Dio.

I like Campbell so much I even have the Shadow King CD.

VHS?
01-28-16, 02:00 PM
I'm really stoked for this album. Like others have said, it's nice to have a Dio sounding album once more.
I just wish Ronnie and Viv could have made peace while Ronnie was alive. It's unfortunate that there will be no tour as I would have liked to see them live. I just dont see them using someone else on bass.

GuessWho
01-28-16, 04:03 PM
I like Campbell so much I even have the Shadow King CD.
I have Shadow King too.... but am I the only one with this?
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Phodg
01-29-16, 10:36 AM
I just can't get into this Last In Line thing. It seems like a huge cash-in now that Dio's dead. No way on earth it would ever have happened if Dio was still alive. Here's what Dio really thought of Campbell ....

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hdnmickey
01-29-16, 10:46 AM
I have Shadow King too.... but am I the only one with this?
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Wow. I thought I was the only one. All fans of Dio/Def Leppard and Foreigner I know never even knew it existed. I'm that way the album pictures above. I'll have to seek it out.

Here's what Dio really thought of Campbell ....

I suspect that is one of the reasons there is so much interest. All the other lineups never really measured up. We are always left to wonder what would have been if they didn't have that falling out.

Same with Roth and his original solo lineup.

GuessWho
01-29-16, 11:03 AM
I'll have to seek it out.Just FYI, Viv's solo album is a blues album. He plays great on it, of course.

hdnmickey
01-29-16, 11:07 AM
Just FYI, Viv's solo album is a blues album. He plays great on it, of course.

Bonamassa style of blues, or old school stuff from the distant past?

Hokeyboy
01-29-16, 11:08 AM
DLR wanted to move more into Top-40 and dance-oriented music in the late 80s. Billy Sheehan left before Skyscraper's release, and Steve Vai cut a solo album and switched over to Whitesnake for some weird reason. That was an odd fit.

I'd love to see that reunited line-up do another album. It's clear that there's interest, given the recent canceled show due to too MUCH interest!

hdnmickey
01-29-16, 11:19 AM
DLR wanted to move more into Top-40 and dance-oriented music in the late 80s. Billy Sheehan left before Skyscraper's release, and Steve Vai cut a solo album and switched over to Whitesnake for some weird reason. That was an odd fit.

Funny, that next A Little Aint Enough album isn't at all top 40. There are couple songs like that on Your Filthy Little Mouth. Where exactly are the recordings of this top 40 stuff?

I'd love to see that reunited line-up do another album. It's clear that there's interest, given the recent canceled show due to too MUCH interest!

Huge interest I'm sure. I'm still a huge fan of Vai's stuff and IMO Sheehan's work with The Winery Dogs has been quite good. But I do wonder if they would get a different (better) drummer.

VHS?
01-29-16, 11:47 AM
I just can't get into this Last In Line thing. It seems like a huge cash-in now that Dio's dead. No way on earth it would ever have happened if Dio was still alive. Here's what Dio really thought of Campbell ....


Of course it wouldn't happen if Ronnie were still alive. There would be no need.
This is only happening mainly as a tribute and I think it's a way for Viv to come to terms with what happened between them. I truly feel that he regrets all that happened.
When that video first surfaced, the first thing that came to mind was Ronnie feeling really saddened by what Viv had said. I think it hurt Ronnie more than just being pissed and calling him a piece of shit.
Everyone got along with Ronnie. Viv is the only person that ever said anything bad about him.

I think this is Vivian's way of saying sorry and I'm good with that.

Hokeyboy
01-29-16, 02:17 PM
Funny, that next A Little Aint Enough album isn't at all top 40. There are couple songs like that on Your Filthy Little Mouth. Where exactly are the recordings of this top 40 stuff?

As Billy himself put it (http://www.vhnd.com/2009/06/30/billy-sheehan-talk-david-lee-roth-and-van-halen/):
Dave took a chance. He decided to try a new direction with the music. In a way he was right because he wanted to mix dance beats into the music. He was like ‘We need to be more Dance-orientated’. And I was like ‘That’s great, but…’ …It just wasn’t me. I just couldn’t get up there and do that kind of thing. So I was gone, but in a way he was right because Dance music did become the next giant thing and now that’s pretty much all there is. I call it Karaoke Aerobics. It’s basically people doing Karaoke because they’re singers who don’t really sing on their records and just get pitch-corrected. And then they get eight to twelve people to do Aerobics next to them and that’s ninety percent of the music that you see on TV now. So in a way, he was right, but the problem with doin’ a switch like that when you’re a Rocker guy is that the Rockers are going to hate you because you’ve turned on them and the Dance guys are going to hate you because you were once a Rock guy …So unfortunately, he fell between the cracks, but in a way he was right. He accurately predicted that Dance music was going to come in. It did, but at the same time, we had a lot of other great music by a lot of other great bands. I just think he threw the dice and they just didn’t come up with the number he needed.”
He definitely shied away from this approach with the next album, but I think in some ways he irrevocably damaged the brand. Then again, DLR (and Van Halen) couldn't sustain viable commercial success after 'A Little Aint Enough' and 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' anyhow, given the lay of the musical land post 1992...
Huge interest I'm sure. I'm still a huge fan of Vai's stuff and IMO Sheehan's work with The Winery Dogs has been quite good. But I do wonder if they would get a different (better) drummer.
I caught Kotzen during the Def Leppard Cruise. He's a WEIRD guy, but an amazing vocalist/guitarist. Still cheesed I missed Winery Dogs when they recently played here :mad:

hdnmickey
01-29-16, 03:11 PM
He definitely shied away from this approach with the next album, but I think in some ways he irrevocably damaged the brand.

Seems that with all Billy went on about, it was all talk from Roth. Has Billy put anything out there that says he doesn't want to work with Vai? Because screw Roth, they should just get together with another vocalist and create a new project like The Winery Dogs. The guy from this Last In Line project is probably available now. :(

Hokeyboy
01-29-16, 04:51 PM
Skyscraper had a bunch of tunes with that synth-driven dancebeat top-40 sheen; "Stand Up" was the prime offender (although I enjoyed that track), but "Just Like Paradise" and "Hina" were also worlds different from what was going on with Eat Em And Smile. Even the more hard-rocking songs definitely had the rough edges sanded down and felt thoroughly polished.

I remember despising the album when it first came out -- I wanted to hear more Eat Em And Smile, being such a huge fan of that album -- but as a late 80s pop/rock record it's pretty good for what it is.

VHS?
01-29-16, 07:30 PM
Resurrection Kings is sounding pretty damn good. Finally some real good rock to listen to. Been far too long. Chas West sometimes sounds like Geoff Tate.

I'm gonna play the shit out of these 2 albums. Heavy Crown cant get here soon enough.



Awesome Jimmy Bain tribute video

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Phodg
02-15-16, 04:24 PM
OK - I'm big enough to admit that this album is a lot better than I was expecting. No, it's not as good as it would have been with RJD (obviously), but it's nice to hear Vivian Campbell actually letting rip again instead of playing Leppard pop.
I can imagine these songs sitting quite nicely in that first couple of Dio albums era.

VHS?
02-15-16, 04:30 PM
Yeah, this album is in constant play. I'm really enjoying hearing 'yesteryear' and Viv playing what he should be. I wish I would have been able to catch them live.

hdnmickey
02-22-16, 12:53 PM
Picked this up over the weekend and was able to listen to it this morning. It's a brilliant album from beginning to end. It sounds like something that could have been the follow up to the Sacred Heart album. Like Sacred Heart, there is a little more polish than the two albums that preceded it.

If there is any fault to the album, it's tough to listen to those songs and not try and hear Ronnie's vocals, and how much better each song could be. The new guy holds his own, but for my money, Dio will always be one of the best. If not the best in that genre.

Hokeyboy
02-22-16, 01:20 PM
Did this get a vinyl release?

hdnmickey
02-22-16, 01:28 PM
I see no evidence that there is a vinyl release as of now. Only the standard CD and deluxe CD/DVD version.

GuessWho
02-22-16, 05:16 PM
From Vivian Campbell's facebook earlier today:

I went to Best Buy on Saturday to buy a Last In Line CD (no, I do not have a free one - at least not yet) and was most disappointed that it took forever to find a copy. After seeing nothing in the 'New releases' section, I eventually found 3 copies buried behind a rap artist, but on the wrong rack and under the wrong letter of the alphabet. It doesn't give me much faith in the current state of the music business (not that I had any, really). Oh, how I miss Tower Records.https://www.facebook.com/officialviviancampbell/

hdnmickey
02-22-16, 07:48 PM
Viv isn't the only one that misses Tower. I spent far too much time in the various locations in this area. Only other chain that was worth a damn was The Warehouse, but they still couldn't touch the variety that Tower carried.

VHS?
02-22-16, 08:24 PM
Going to Tower Records was like a religious thing back in the day. I went at least once a week.

I'm loving this album and agree, I try an imagine Ronnie on vocals and it would no doubt be huge in sales.
I have to wonder what sales are like compared to if Ronnie were on vocals. Do Dio fans accept this enough to buy it?

hdnmickey
02-22-16, 08:51 PM
I'm loving this album and agree, I try an imagine Ronnie on vocals and it would no doubt be huge in sales.
I have to wonder what sales are like compared to if Ronnie were on vocals. Do Dio fans accept this enough to buy it?

They would have to advertise it first. Advertising for a new Dio album in the late 80's would have been substantial, as would new release airplay. I would have never heard of this project if not for this thread. And that includes not having seen anything since the release date on the 19th. I think Viv's Best Buy comment earlier demonstrates the current reality quite well.

cfmoran13
02-24-16, 09:52 AM
I'll be getting this for sure as well. Loved the material those guys put out with Ronnie. I'm beyond thrilled Campbell is back to doing Dio like material. As I Def Leppard fan I thought he was a great replacement for Clark, but his best work was with Dio.

I like Campbell so much I even have the Shadow King CD.
Do you have the CD he put out with his Riverdogs project back in 1990? That's a pretty solid (and underrated) blues-rock album. I find myself putting that one on once every month or two.

hdnmickey
02-24-16, 10:37 AM
Do you have the CD he put out with his Riverdogs project back in 1990? That's a pretty solid (and underrated) blues-rock album. I find myself putting that one on once every month or two.

Another one of his blues solo albums was mentioned earlier in the thread. Haven't heard of either since I wasn't into blues at the time they came out. Since then I've started listening to blues more often. I'll see if I can find a way to sample his solo albums to see if I like them.

Just ordered the standard Last in Line Heavy Crown CD via the Deepdiscount 15% off sale that is still going. $10.95 - 15% seemed like a price that was too good to pass up given how much I enjoyed what I heard. I expect this could be the kind of CD that will be hard to find months from now. At least at that price.

B5Erik
02-24-16, 11:08 AM
This is a great album - a slightly bluesier take on the classic Duo sound.

And the DVD with the deluxe edition has a couple hours of stuff on it. I'm really glad I got it.

Album of the year? Maybe. It's really early, so we've got a lot of music still coming out - but I am 100% sure that this will be in my top group of releases.

VHS?
02-24-16, 03:40 PM
Unfortunately, advertising for Dio was always at a minimum. It was as if only fans knew of a release or, going to Tower Records and seeing a display because they were good at putting up those crafty foam display adverts.
I'd be surprised if any radio stations even know about this release let alone playing anything off it.
This is the kind of thing that gets spread by social media retweets and FB reposts.

Jippy
02-25-16, 04:56 PM
Agree with most of the comments here. Amazon just delivered my copy on Tuesday and I've listened to it once. Really good stuff here. The mix is solid. The singer definitely has some Dio-esque qualities in his voice, but doesn't try to replicate him in any way. This makes Jimmy Bain's passing all the more sad. I would definitely have gone to see the live show to support this album.

GuessWho
03-15-16, 12:34 PM
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GuessWho
03-16-16, 05:44 PM
From Vivian's facebook today:

It's been a difficult decision to move forward and play without Jimmy, but Vinny, Andrew and I have decided to play a very limited number of shows with a great guest bass player. in advance of Last In Line playing the Frontiers Festival in Milan on April 23rd, we'll play a warm-up show at Vamp'd in Las Vegas on April 14th. Hope to see some of you there. I don't know details (apologies), so for information head over to:
http://www.lastinlineofficial.com

VHS?
03-16-16, 10:41 PM
Hopefully another former member of Dio. My pick would be Rudy Sarzo. At least then it's sorta still the same.

Jippy
03-25-16, 10:14 AM
Hopefully another former member of Dio. My pick would be Rudy Sarzo. At least then it's sorta still the same.

Agreed. I'm actually about 1/3 of the way through Rudy's book. So cool to hear about his time on the road with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.

hdnmickey
03-25-16, 10:22 AM
Hopefully another former member of Dio. My pick would be Rudy Sarzo. At least then it's sorta still the same.

That would be a great choice. Certainly a better option for him than playing with Tate's version of Queensrÿche.

VHS?
05-16-16, 11:57 PM
Little late as a couple shows have already played but ...
May 24 – San Diego, CA (Ramona Mainstage)
May 25 – Los Angeles, CA (Whisky a Go Go)
May 27 – Pryor, Oklahoma (Rocklahoma)

I'm trying to gather some people to go into Ramona with me next Tuesday.

Phil Soussan is the new bass player.
(Ozzy Osbourne, Beggars & Thieves, Billy Idol, John Waite)

VHS?
05-25-16, 08:18 PM
Last night I attended 'Last In Line'.
If you have a chance to see them, dont hesitate! Andrew Freeman sounds great and Vivian Campbell looks happy to be in his old guitar element. Smiled the whole damn time.
They played mostly Dio tunes but that's what they created the band for. They did play 4 songs off their Heavy Crown album though.
It all sounded great and Freeman really enjoys the crowd. Gets them involved and went right on the floor to sing with others and take picture and video while doing so. Guy is kinda short to. Shorter than I would have thought.

If they were to come around around again I would not hesitate. It was fun, nostalgic and everyone was having a great time.
Vinnie Appice was introduced as Carmine's Brother which got a laugh out of everyone. And when Andrew introduced Vivian the crowd went nuts.
I took some video but I wanted to enjoy the show so only did a few songs.

Set List:
Stand up and Shout
Straight Through the Heart
Devil in Me
Evil Eye
Holy Diver
Egypt (The Chains Are On)
Last in Line
Invisible
Rainbow in the Dark

Encore:
Starmaker
I Am Revolution
We Rock

EDIT:
Don't Talk to Strangers, I Speed At Night and Martyr were the others. Just forgot where in the set list.


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