A couple of years ago ex-members of Dio got together to form a brand new tribute project called The Last in Line. The members of this group consist of original guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, and on vocals Andrew Freeman.
Originally meant to be a live tribute act to the late Ronnie James Dio, the band has decided to write and record original material as well. Now they have teased a 15 second sample of a song Devil in Me (which can be listened to below) that will be on their upcoming debut album Heavy Crown that will be out on February 19th, 2016.
Campbell wrote a statement regarding the album, saying:
“It was decided that we enter the studio to write this new album in the very same spirit as we did the Holy Diver record […] It was after Holy Diver was written and recorded that we brought in Claude to embellish certain songs in a way that the guitar just couldn’t do. From that time forward Claude became an essential part of the band’s live shows. In retracing our footsteps, we again started to write this new album as a four-piece band – thus keeping the emphasis on guitar-driven songs. In the course of doing so we have decided to continue on that path and remain a four-piece band. We wish Claude every success and he remains a very close friend and confidant to all concerned.”
Personally I'm stoked to hear what The Last in Line will come up with. The teaser is pretty intriguing and definitely has that classic early 80's Dio sound, but I want to hear more for sure. I want to hear how these guys have grown and matured as musicians over the past three decades. Hopefully Freeman is up to the task of filling Ronnie's shoes too. This will be an album and tour that should probably not be missed.