Last In Line

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $25/$20

Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m.

Last in Line band members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell were Ronnie Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the albums Holy Diver, The Last In Line and Sacred Heart—records that have gone on to become a legendary part of rock history.

What started in 2011 as a casual reunion jam in a Los Angeles rehearsal room, Last In Line has grown into a fully-fledged project that has taken on a life of its own. And, even after a 27-year hiatus, it was apparent the chemistry of the original band was very much intact.

That exciting rediscovery led to a second session, and this time they called in acclaimed vocalist Andrew Freeman. Hearing Andrew’s interpretations of the original Dio songs was a revelation and inspired them to move forward as a band.

Over the ensuing years a number of local L.A. shows led to overseas shows in the U.K. and Japan, and eventually to an offer from Frontiers Records to record a new album of original material. During the course of 2014 the band wrote and recorded 12 new songs and chose longtime friend Jeff Pilson as producer. Jeff very much captured the organic crunch of the band and the very best in Andrew’s voice and delivery.

Last In Line’s debut album, Heavy Crown was released in February 2016, hitting number one on the Billboard® Heat-Seekers Chart, with the singles “Devil In Me” and “Starmaker” leading the charge.

But the release was preceded by tragedy when, that January, Jimmy Bain passed away at the age of 68—another great musician taken from us far too soon. Jimmy was immensely proud of the new album and his input on Heavy Crown was immeasurable. "We will continue to celebrate his life through his music...Rest in peace, dear friend.” -Viv

Last In Line kept rocking and after headlining the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy and the Metal Stage at the Rocklahoma Festival, has recently brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan and keyboardist Erik Norlander. In 2017, Last In Line had been out on a full tour, appearing as special guests of Saxon on select European dates and headlining a raft of venues across the U.K. and U.S.