Well folks, another week and sadly another major loss to the rock world to report as legendary bassist Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68.
Bain first gained renown as a member of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in the mid 1970s, but is probably best known for his work with fellow Rainbow alumn Ronnie James Dio in the latter’s eponymously named band.
For a long time, Bain struggled with addiction issues, but had by all accounts been sober and seemingly on the road to recovery in recent years. His most recent project was the band Last In Line, which was the original lineup of Dio reunited to pay tribute to the fallen singer who passed away from stomach cancer in 2010. That band had just released its first album of original material entitled Heavy Crown. According to guitarist Vivian Campbell (who is currently fighting his own battle with cancer), Last In Line will continue on now also as a tribute to not only Dio, but Bain as well.
This week’s Massive Metal Monday track features that original Dio lineup with the opening track of their second album (and source of the latter band’s name) The Last In Line. This is “We Rock.”
This edition of Massive Metal Monday is dedicated to the memories of Jimmy Bain and Ronnie James Dio.
When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early ’80s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two-hour radio show that came from WOXY, just across the state line in Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami University of Ohio). It was called Massive Metal for the Masses, and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer, and countless others. This Monday weekly column is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it Massive Metal Monday. Every week, I pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metal heads.