Last In Line is a heavy metal band formed in 2012 by former members of the original lineup of Dio, the band belonging to the late legendary heavy metal icon and vocalist, Ronnie James Dio. The band’s name came from Dio‘s 1984 album, The Last In Line. Following the death of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, the original lineup of drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell, and keyboardist Claude Schnell reunited along with vocalist Andrew Freeman to perform the Dio songs they originally recorded. In February 2016, they released their first album with original material titled Heavy Crown. They are set to release their second album titled II on February 22nd, 2019. The only difference being that bassist Jimmy Bain passed away in 2016. After searching, Last In Line recruited Jimmy Soussan for bass duties. Last In Line announced a USA tour to continue delivering new music as well as beloved Dio classics to heavy metal maniacs throughout the country. One of the stops was at the Majestic Ventura Theater and was the perfect way to spend a cold Saturday night.
Last In Line came out and started the show with the first single from the new album, Landslide. A continuation of a classic heavy metal sound by some of metal’s greatest musicians. With one new song out of the way, Last In Line started playing the classics everyone was waiting for. The second song performed was the fan-favorite Stand Up and Shout which had the audience singing along to the chorus. The next song was another classic Straight Through the Heart which also had the audience singing along and raising their horns. Another new song was played next which was Year of the Gun and when it was finished, the stage went dark and silent as a creepy intro filled the venue. Everyone surely knew what was coming next. Last In Line next played Dio‘s most famous song and one of the most famous songs in heavy metal, Holy Diver. Fans banger their heads, raised their horns, and sang along to the whole song. A sight that Dio himself would be very proud to see. Last In Line continued to play all the hits as they played more classic tracks like Evil Eyes, The Last In Line, and finished up the show with Rainbow in the Dark. Last In Line left the stage and all seemed quiet. Fans didn’t leave and stayed put and cheered for the band. After a brief break, the band came back out to thank the audience for coming out and played some encores. The first encore was one of Dio‘s most famous songs, Don’t Talk to Strangers and had fans singing along to the chorus once again. The next encore was Devil In Me and to finish off the show was the classic We Rock to truly let the fans rock out one last time. Last In Line wrapped up the show, bowed to the audience, and left the stage for the final time.