After the untimely passing of Ronnie James Dio, two bands emerged, both cut out of his ensemble’s different line-ups. One, DIO’S DISCIPLES, are comprised of the latter-day collective’s members and considered an official tribute endorsed by the late artist’s estate. The other, LAST IN LINE, consist of those who played with Ronnie in the beginning – bassist Jimmy Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice and keyboardist Claude Schnell – plus singer Andrew Freeman. They’ve been going for some time, performing songs from the first three DIO albums and now are gearing up to present original material to the public.
According to Bain, in between their commitments, the quintet have already recorded four new tracks with FOREIGNER’s Jeff Pilson, also a DIO alumnus, manning the console. It’s to early to say when the album is to be finished, but the prospect feel promising.