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Vivian Campbell’s Last in Line Set to Release ‘Heavy Crown’

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On Feb. 19, 2016, Frontiers Music Srl will release Heavy Crown, the debut album by Last in Line. The band is a side project of Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, and includes Vinny Appice (drums), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Claude Schnell (keyboards), with whom Campbell played in Dio, and singer Andrew Freeman.

Reports are that the band has already filmed music videos for two songs, “The Devil in Me” and “Starmaker,” with Thomas McNeely directing. The former will appear online at some point this month. Producing Heavy Crown is Jeff Pilson, who currently serves as Foreigner‘s bassist. Pilson himself had two stints in Dio, from 1993-97 and 2004-5.

Named after Dio’s second album, which was the first to feature those four members — Schnell did not appear on Holy Diver — Last in Line made their live debut in August 2013 with a 16-song set comprised of Dio classics. A U.K. tour soon followed, as did more shows in 2014. But recording the album took time, with Campbell having to fit in sessions between his Def Leppard commitments and his continued treatment for lymphoma. A snippet of one song was posted to Facebook in July 2014.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to put it out there if we’re not available to support it,” Campbell said back in February. “[And] I literally don’t have a lot of availability to do Last in Line shows. And it would be a real shame — especially because the record is sounding so much better than we all anticipated — it would be a real shame to just put it out there and let it die.”

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