Vivian Campbell Reclaiming Dio Heritage With Last In Line

(Classic Rock) Last In Line is all about reclaiming lost heritage for guitarist Vivian Campbell. The Def Leppard axeman has reunited with fellow founding Dio members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell. Together with singer Andy Freeman they're gearing up to tour the UK, playing the tracks they wrote as part of the late Ronnie James Dio's band.

And Campbell who was fired by Dio in 1986 asserts the move to reclaim material he co-created is long overdue. He tells Classic Rock: "I've got a different way of looking at it now than I've had for almost 30 years.

"I was fired, then I was portrayed as the one who'd turned my back on the band. It wasn't true: I never wanted to leave Dio," he said. "I will admit that, at the time, I was experiencing growth and I wanted to try different kinds of music.

"That obviously rubbed Ronnie the wrong way. Perhaps that's what he construed as me not wanting to be in the band but I certainly did not want to leave."

As a result of the experience, Campbell turned his back on the music he'd written with Dio, and he's still upset about the way he and his bandmates were treated. more on this story

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