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Last in Line was the latest band to count the legendary bassist Jimmy Bain amongst their ranks. At 68 years old, he passed away while on Def Leppard‘s ‘Hysteria on the High Seas’ cruise. Earlier in the week, Loudwire offered an exclusive premiere of the new Last in Line song “Blame it on Me” as a tribute to the life and career of Bain and now the band has put together a video compilation (seen above) honoring their late band member.
After just a few seconds, it is clear why his character has been so celebrated by his contemporaries. Rising to prominence in Rainbow, he describes how he was fired from the band for excessive partying, something guitarist Vivian Campbell noted the four-stringer struggled with but eventually prevailed over. Discussing how the Dio band came together, he recommended two guitarists when the lineup was being assembled: Campbell and John Sykes, but quipped that Sykes was too tall.
Piecing together more clips from the Last in Line recording session footage, Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice and singer Andrew Freeman are seen beaming with ear-to-ear smiles, clearly enjoying the company of the witty and insightful Bain. Producer and former Dio bassist Jeff Pilson heaps admiration on the fallen rocker, idolizing his skills and how he “keeps the pulse” musically within the band.
Later in the video, Bain tells a story about delivering equipment to Led Zeppelin as they’re recording “Kashmir,” describing the scene with the 120-piece orchestra and mentions he stayed for two days.
Andrew Freeman penned a heartfelt tribute to Bain, being the only member in the band who obviously never recorded as part of the Dio band. Mentioning he has known the bassist for the last decade, part of his statement read, “I cannot stress the level of sadness and loss that I feel losing such a close friend and mentor.”
Wendy Dio also paid tribute to the late Bain, offering endearing words, “Jimmy was not only one of the greatest musicians, but a kind, happy, sweet man. There will never be another Jimmy and I have lost a very dear friend. I will miss his smiling face.”
Last in Line’s Heavy Crown will be out Feb. 19 on Frontiers Music.
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