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Last In Line launch Jimmy Bain tribute

Last In Line have released a tribute video to Jimmy Bain, who died at the weekend.

The seven-minute clip features interviews with the bassist filmed while the band were working on debut album Heavy Crown, to be launched next month.

Bain died while Last In Line were taking part in Def Leppard’s cruising festival in the Bahamas. He’d been unwell, but was determined to keep working.

In one of the conversations Bain recalls how he helped put Dio together with Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice and Vivian Campbell. He says: “I got a call from Ronnie in the middle of the night. ‘We’ve left Sabbath, Vinny and I. We’re going to put a new band together. We’re looking for a bass player and a guitar player.’ I said, ‘Well, you’ve got the fucking bass player.’

“I recommended two guitar players – Viv and John Sykes. John Sykes was too tall so we went with Viv. We jammed for about 20 or 30 minutes. It just clicked.”

In another conversation, Appice explains how the band had to hide Bain in a flight case to avoid him being arrested, to which the bassist replies: “That happened a number of times.”

Discussing his creative input, producer Jeff Pilson says: “You can tell everyone listens to Jimmy when we’re tracking. Even though Vinny keeps time, Jimmy keeps the pulse.”

Last In Line released their tracks Starmaker and Blame It On Me earlier this week, both in tribute to Bain.

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.