LAST IN LINE
, the band featuring DEF LEPPARD
guitarist Vivian Campbell
alongside fellow founding DIO
members Vinny Appice
, Jimmy Bain
and Claude Schnell
, plus singer Andrew Freeman
, who has previously fronted HURRICANE
and LYNCH MOB
, will enter the studio in April to begin recordings its first freshly composed original material.
Asked by Tickets There
how the new LAST IN LINE
music is sounding and how the band can avoid DIO
's legacy hanging over it, Vivian
said: "It's obviously always going to sound a bit like DIO
, We're playing those songs that we wrote and recorded. The difference is that Andy
doesn't sound anything like Ronnie
] and that's actually what motivated me to go out and do some gigs. If he'd come in there being a Ronnie
clone, I'd have been very disinclined to go any further with it, because I don't want it to just be a tribute to Ronnie
's voice. Furthermore, I think that Ronnie
is a really, really tough act to try and duplicate. He had such a unique-sounding voice. So the fact that Andy
didn't sound anything like him really appealed to me. The reason for that was that it put the focus on the songs and the original band. The focus goes to the guitar, the bass and the drums, and therefore the guys that made the records. Not only did we make those records, but what a lot of people don't even realize is that we wrote the songs…obviously, including Ronnie
's input, which was monumental, but there was a real sound that we had. The fact that Andy
didn't sound like Ronnie
somehow resonated with me that it was OK to go out and play those songs and have the focus somewhere else. People then started asking me, 'Are you going to start making new music?' At first, I said no because it was never on my field of thought, but then it became more apparent that for LAST IN LINE
to move forward and to be taken to that next level, that's what we needed to do. Furthermore, we got into the studio just a few weeks ago, in early January and started writing. Just Jimmy
and myself, and it was so effortless the way we came across new music, it just fell out of us like it did on the first record, on 'Holy Diver'
. It was so easy for us to come up with musical ideas. We act as great springboards for each other. Like when I play something for the guys, they instinctively know where to go and vice versa. We came up with a half a dozen song ideas in a matter of days. Then Andy
came in and we exchanged vocal and melody ideas and we're kind of kicking around in the middle stage between now and April 20th when we're going into the studio to start recording. Hopefully it'll finally gel and that final 5-10% will come into place."
's former SWEET SAVAGE
bandmate Ray Haller
filled in for Jimmy Bain
at LAST IN LINE
's October 20, 2013 performance at the Loud Park
festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
and Ronnie James Dio
worked together on the first three DIO
albums — 1983's "Holy Diver"
, 1984's "The Last in Line"
and 1985's "Sacred Heart"
— before Irishman Campbell
left to join WHITESNAKE
has uploaded multi-camera video footage of LAST IN LINE
performing the song "We Rock"
on October 12, 2013 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California. Check it out below. Photos of the concert are available at this location
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