Last in Line took the stage after a warm Arcada Theatre welcome hitting the vintage Ronnie James Dio era opening with the classic "STAND UP AND SHOUT" and rolled into "STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART". With an audience deeply rooted in the Dio discography from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and all his solo material, in particular the first three albums, that featured guitarist Vivian Campbell and drummer Vinnie Appice, this band still proudly kicking out these great anthems to the Dio fan base. There were points during the show when Vivian Campbell and Vinnie Appice would make eye contact as the crowd roared and it was evident they had the "Yea, we played with a Rock God" smile of satisfaction and pride still underlying their long music careers. Vivian Campbell whom I've not seen live since the 1984 DIO tour still playing as one of the 80's era guitar greats!
LAST IN LINE vocalist extraordinaire, Andrew Freeman takes on Dio's material like few vocalists even dare to venture with his own style and power worthy of the Leather Lunged Legend. The bands performance was magnificent with rock veteran bassist Phil Soussan who has played with Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Idol rounded out the band offerings of "ELECTRIFIED", "EQYPT", "RAINBOW IN THE DARK" taking me personally back to the arenas and tours of the 80's.
There was a funny moment that makes you appreciate the talent of this band as they huddled in front of Vinnie Appice's' drum kit then from the huddle with mic in hand walks Vivian Campbell laughing and says "Vinnie just fucked up" to a roar of laughter. Andrew Freeman chimes in with "Vivian doesn't say much but when he does..." Vinnie did mention being a New Yorker he liked Chicago pizza better so that of course saved him from further scrutiny.
For all those that still love and admire Ronnie James Dio's music and legacy, LIL brings back the Man on the Silver Mountain with all the respect and admiration so well deserved by his dear friends and band mates. Great evening to be a part of for sure.
Packing a powerful New York punch Brand Of Julez trio took the Arcada Theatre stage opening the evening for Last In Line with a rock solid set of kick ass original tunes and the stage presence of any veteran act on tour was impressive for sure. It's a real pleasure to see a younger hard rocking band taking the reigns of metal into the future.