Last in Line at the Majestic Theater in Ventura, CA 2/2/2019

Review and Pictures: Joe Schaeffer

Original Dio band members, guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinny Appice and keyboardist Claude Schnell recruited vocalist Andrew Freeman to put together Last in Line. Their main focus was to honor the legacy of the great Ronnie James Dio. They played a few shows with a set list comprised of songs from ‘Holy Diver’, ‘Last in Line’ and ‘Sacred Heart’. I had the pleasure to see their first show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton, CA on Aug. 3rd, 2013.

In 2015 the band decided to take it a step further and start recording new tracks for a full length CD which would eventually be titled, “Heavy Crown.” Now in 2019 the band are now set to release their second full length CD entitled “II.”. It is scheduled to arrive on February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. It’ll be the first record with Phil Soussan on bass following the death of Jimmy Bain in January 2016.

With the release of the CD they decided to play a handful of live shows which included the February 2nd show at the Majestic Theater in Ventura, CA. The group performed a set that included tracks from the first three Dio albums as well as three tracks off the ”Heavy Crown” release and three from ”II.”  (See set list below)

We were entertained with powerful performance by lead singer Andrew Freeman. No one can ever replace the late great Ronnie James Dio and Freeman doesn’t attempt to. He gives us his own interpretation of the songs. He particularly shines through on the tracks from both of their original CD’s. 

 

The band was in fine form and Vivian Campbell nailed all the leads as if it was 1983 all over again. Vinny Appice still hits the drums like no other and Phil Soussan adds the finesse needed to keep the groove in order.

If you have the opportunity to see Last in Line in concert, they certainly will not disappoint.

Set List:

Landslide

Stand Up and Shout

Straight Through the Heart 

Year of the Gun

Holy Diver

Blackout the Sun

The Last in Line 

Martyr

Starmaker

Evil Eyes

Egypt (The Chains Are On)

Rainbow in the Dark

Encore:

Don’t Talk to Strangers

Devil in Me

We Rock 

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