Last in Line have released a pair of new songs in memory of their bassist, Jimmy Bain, who died Sunday.
The recordings of “Blame It on Me” and “Starmaker” are from the group’s upcoming debut album, Heavy Crown, due February 19. Both songs were scheduled for release before Bain’s death, but have been released earlier in tribute to him.
Named after Dio’s 1984 studio album, Last in Line features Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice and singer Andrew Freeman. Campbell, Bain and Appice are all former Dio members.
Bain died on January 24 while onboard Def Leppard’s Hysteria on the High Seas Cruise, a four-day experience featuring numerous groups, including Last in Line. No cause of death has been given.
In related news, Appice says Bain’s death was reported to the public before the bassist’s family could be told.
“Yes, it’s true our brother Jimmy Bain has passed and we are very sad about the news and in shock,” Appice writes. “We, the band, are also saddened that the news leaked out before we were able to contact Jimmy’s family. Within an hour and a half, it was all over the internet and confirmed by people that have no business confirming anything about this and not knowing the facts of the situation.
“We apologize to Jimmy’s family and Jimmy’s memory about this nonsense that seems to prevail on the internet to be the first one to post something and attach themselves to a tragedy like the loss of our brother Jimmy.”
Bain’s death was confirmed on Facebook on January 24 by Campbell, whose friendship with the bassist extends back to the Eighties, when the two performed together in Dio.
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line band-mate, Jimmy Bain,” Campbell wrote. “It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.”
Campbell noted that Bain’s “struggles with his demons were well documented through the years,” but added, “over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record.”
Wendy Dio, widow and manager of Ronnie James Dio, also paid tribute to Bain.
“Jimmy was not only one of the greatest musicians, but a kind, happy, sweet man,” Dio writes. “There will never be another Jimmy and I have lost a very dear friend. I would like to believe that he is jamming in heaven with his friends Lemmy [Kilmister] and Ronnie.”
Here is the official video for “Starmaker” and the official lyric video for “Blame It on Me.”