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Bain welcomed me as a friend says Freeman

Last In Line vocalist Andrew Freeman has paid tribute to late bassist Jimmy Bain as a “close friend and mentor.”

He says he’ll never forget the way he was welcomed into the band as they began a collaboration that would lead to debut album Heavy Crown, out next month.

Bain died, aged 68, while Last In Line were taking part in Def Leppard’s cruising festival at the weekend.

Freeman says: “I cannot stress the level of sadness that I feel, losing such a close friend and mentor.

“Jimmy, along with Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, welcomed me into their intimate artistic circle, entrusting me with the responsibility of performing a legendary library of music – and building a new one.

“I will forever be indebted to this man for the encouraging spirit he graced me with. Rest easy, my friend. I will do my best to carry on your legacy.”

Earlier this week, Freeman keyboardist Erik Norlander revealed how Appice and Freeman had taken care of Bain as he struggled with illness in the run-up to the cruise, saying: “Yes, Jimmy was ill, but he wanted to carry on with the gigs.”

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Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.