According to a number of industry sources, former RAINBOW and DIO bassist Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68. The news was confirmed by ex-DIO drummer Simon Wright and Diana Deville, a longtime employee of Wendy Dio‘s Niji Management. More details about Bain‘s death will be posted here as soon as they become available.
Back in 2012, Bain made headlines when he was arrested in Burbank, California on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Since 2013, Bain has been a member of LAST IN LINE, also featuring his fellow ex-DIO bandmates Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice along with singer Andrew Freeman.
LAST IN LINE performed in Miami, Florida on January 20 and is currently taking part in DEF LEPPARD‘s inaugural “Hysteria On The High Seas” cruise.
Born in Scotland on December 19, 1947, Bain joined RAINBOW in time to appear on the band’s second album, 1976’s “Rising”. He was fired a year later and went on to guest with THIN LIZZY and work in THIN LIZZY frontman Phil Lynott‘s solo band, before forming WILD HORSES with ex-THIN LIZZY guitarist Brian Robertson. He appeared on Gary Moore‘s 1983 album “Dirty Fingers” before joining DIO and playing on seven DIO albums with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, from 1983 debut “Holy Diver” to 2002’s “Killing The Dragon”.
In an interview, Bain stated about his time with DIO: “Towards the end of DIO, it got to be too much though, with the stage show and the spiders and the guitar that shot lasers. When we first started on ‘Holy Diver’, playing with half a drum kit and all, we just knew it was magic. I wrote a lot on the first two albums but it just got harder and harder to come up with stuff. We all thought ‘Last In Line’ was a bit smooth, although I liked everything about it, the cover, everything. By the time ‘Sacred Heart’ happened, I looked at that monster on the cover and thought, he’s laughing at me now!”
He continued: “Touring was always a blast. I was famous for being lit up and still being able to play. I even fell over a few times. It was like it was part of the show. Ronnie and I got pissed together a few times but I always got carried away and had to be carried to the limo and stuff. But as long as I played live and was creative and wrote songs, it didn’t matter. Toward the end, Ronnie was having fights with Viv, and you get to a point where you just think you’ve got it, and you think you can bring in keyboards and play with the arrangements. I always thought we had such a unique sound, we could just be DIO. We didn’t have to try write like anybody else.”
Jimmy Bain has passed away. I’m saddened by the loss of my friend. David & I were very close with Jimmy. Godspeed! pic.twitter.com/dDO9M7nvcg
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) January 24, 2016
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) January 24, 2016
Jimmy Bain was a true musician and songwriter. He was involved and wrote more than u probably imagine.
— Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) January 24, 2016
Jimmy Bain was a sweet soul. God Bless him… Rest now Brother.
— DOUG ALDRICH (@Douglas_Aldrich) January 24, 2016