Fan-filmed video of LAST IN THE QUEUEs performance on Sunday, January 16 at RokIsland Fest in Key West, Florida can be seen below.
Formed in 2012 by bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinny Appice and guitarist Vivian Campbell – Ronnie James Dio‘s co-conspirators and co-authors on “Holy diver”, “Last in line” and “Holy heart” albums – LAST IN THE QUEUEs original intention was to celebrate Ronnie James Dio‘s early work by reuniting the members of the original GAV line up. After playing shows that contained a set list consisting exclusively of material from the first three GAV albums, the band decided to move forward and create new music in the same way.
LAST IN THE QUEUEs debut album, “Heavy crown”, was released in February 2016 and landed as No. 1 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers diagram. Initially, the release had preceded a tragedy then Bain died unexpectedly at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. LAST IN THE QUEUEand honor what they knew would be Bain‘s desire to keep the band going, brought in Phil Soussan and committed to sustained tours in support of the album prior to work on the follow-up release, 2019’s “II”.
June last year, Soussan spoke with Metal-Net.com about the progress of the writing and recording sessions for LAST IN THE QUEUEthird album. The LP will be released later this year via an as yet unpublished record company.
“I’ve been pretty motivating with the band,” Phil said. “I’m trying to make things happen. We wanted to work on some different aspects [during the pandemic]. And we were also about to get a new record deal – we changed record company – so that’s something we’re doing and we’re close now. But part of that was writing a third record. So we have been working hard on trying to write a third record and even recording the third record while we have been to different places around the world. And of course, this band acts as a unit in every sense of the word, so it’s a real handicap not to be able to be in the same room as everyone else and try to make it happen. “
In February 2021, Appice told Metal From The Inside, that fhv DOKKER and current FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilsonwho produced both “II” and “Heavy crown”, is not involved in the future LAST IN THE QUEUE album. “We made a change,” he said. “Actually, the guy who mixed the last record, Chris Collier – he is fantastic; he works with CEREAL – he recorded this record. And we produce it in a way ourselves, between all of us.
“Jeff is big – Jeffis an amazing producer, and [he has] good ideas and things, but we just felt like we could probably do what we want, now that we’re a band, we’ve been on the go and we know what we want to hear, “he explained.” But it comes out great. Things sound amazing.
“And yes, I’ve been through a lot Jeff Pilson. I’ve known him for years. He’s a great guy. He’s like my brother. “
Also in February Soussan told the “Pat’s Soundbytes Unplugged” podcast about the musical direction of the new LAST IN THE QUEUE material: “The songs are another progression from the last album – the difference between ‘Heavy Crown’ and ‘II’, and now ‘II’ and whatever the next album is going to be called; by the way, we do not know that yet. But it has certainly evolved even more; it has gone into an even more evolution, but we are always trying to preserve the properties of LAST IN THE QUEUE there. I mean, you can not shake those things – you can not shake Vinnydrum, you can not shake Vivianplayer. And I want to say the same thing about myself, and of course Andrew. “
Some of the early recording sessions for LAST IN THE QUEUE‘s third album took place in January 2020 at Steak House study in North Hollywood, California.
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