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  LAST IN LINE
The Cathouse, Glasgow
Friday 9th August


Johnny Main: Photos by Carlan Braid

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There is no doubt at all that Ronnie James Dio was one of Metal's finest singers and his death in May 2010 was mourned throughout the Metal community – so what better way to celebrate his legacy by getting the original Dio band members to reform with a new singer and celebrate the songs that they wrote in the early 1980s.

Last In Line is the brainchild of Vivian Campbell who left the Dio band in 1986 to join Whitesnake, having performed on three successful Dio albums: 'Sacred Heart', 'Last In Line' and the classic 'Holy Diver'.

In the absence of Dio, vocals duties on this particular tour are taken care of by renowned singer Andrew Freeman (who previously sang with Lynch Mob and Hurricane) who has considerable talents but isn't trying to impersonate Ronnie James Dio or sing like him, but has a powerful voice and charisma all of his own.

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There is huge anticipation in the venue as the lights dim and the band come on stage unannounced before going straight into the classic 'Stand Up And Shout'. From the get go, everyone realises how special this gig is and the venue is packed to bursting point.

Drummer Vinny Appice pounds the drum skins with such power that is goes right through your body – I guess that he's more used to playing arenas and with this being their third club gig ever, maybe he's still getting used to playing in such intimate surroundings.

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Campbell is obviously loving being such a small stage, as he grins from ear to ear while giving his trusty Gibson Les Paul (serial number 72987537, which he used on the original Dio recordings) a good work out. The first couple of songs are marred slightly with the guitar sound getting lost in the mix, but the sound man is quickly on the case and the issues are rectified easily enough.

Just before kicking off into 'King Of Rock N' Roll', Freeman mentions that the band are "here to celebrate Dio" as the Metal horns are raised for the first time en masse and a loud cheer fills the room followed by chants of "Dio, Dio...".

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'Don't Talk To Strangers' rightly gets a huge ovation and the audience are left to sing the beginning on their own without even being asked. Appices drums cut in right on cue whilst keyboard player Claude Schnell (partially hidden off stage such is the nature of this cramped stage) headbangs his way through the track before Campbell pulls out yet another blistering solo.

Slowing the pace slightly is the title track from the band's final album together, 'Sacred Heart', which gives Schnell his moment in the spotlight, and Freeman's vocal capabilities are tested to the limit - a test, which I'm happy to report, he passes with flying colours. 'Evil Eyes' brings the gig back up to speed as bass player Jimmy Bain giggles his way through the number.

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'Holy Diver' predictably gets one of the biggest cheers of the evening and the crowd are once again more than happy to help Freeman sing along with every syllable of every word. This is Dio's signature tune, after all, and is treated with such respect by band and audience alike – it's a truly amazing sight to see the song played with these musicians in such an intimate venue whilst the crowd savouring every moment.

'We Rock' comes and goes far too quickly, but with the venue curfew upon the band (it becomes a club later on in the evening) you get the distinct feeling they would like to stay longer, but unfortunately it doesn't happen.

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Tonight was about one thing - paying homage to Ronnie James Dio and his music, and you have to stop and wonder what Ronnie would have made of all this. Me? I think that he would have approved.

Set List:
Stand Up And Shout
Straight Through The Heart
King Of Rock And Roll
Don't Talk To Strangers

Sacred Heart
Evil Eyes
Holy Diver
Caught In The Middle
Egypt (The Chains Are On)
I Speed At Night
The Last In Line
Invisible
Shame On The Night
Rainbow In The Dark
We Rock

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Last In Line are:
Andy Freeman – Vocals
Vivian Campbell – Lead Guitar
Jimmy Bain – Bass Guitar
Claude Schnell – Keyboards
Vinny Appice – Drums

Online:
Official Website: http://www.lastinlinerocks.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lastinlinerocks

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14.8.2013



WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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