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Vivian Campbell On Last In Line Heavy Crown Album/Band Future

Friday, 18th March 2016

Heavy Crown 2016.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was recently interviewed by Eric Miller and gave an update on his side band Last In Line.

Vivian talked about his early days listening to music, Marc Bolan/T. Rex, his first guitar, Sweet Savage/Thin Lizzy, Jimmy Bain, joining and being fired from DIO, the Freddie Mercury Tribute show in 1992, Last In Line, band history, the Heavy Crown album, Jimmy Bain's death, his health situation, guitar solos in Def Leppard and the future of Last In Line.

Listen to the full 56 minute interview below.

Since this interview was conducted an album release party show has been scheduled in Las Vegas for 14th April.

Eric Miller/Pods And Sods - Vivian Campbell Interview Quotes

Sweet Savage

"My first band was Sweet Savage. I formed Sweet Savage with some friends of mine when I was about fifteen. We played original music mostly. We didn't start off as original music obviously but we very quickly started writing our own songs. We quickly became the go to band in Ireland if there was a rock band coming over, we'd be assigned the opening slot. We opened for Wishbone Ash. We opened for Motorhead a couple of times. We opened for Thin Lizzy a bunch of times. We probably did close to thirty or forty in Ireland and England opening for Thin Lizzy. So I got really, really familiar with Lizzy's music back then."

The Heavy Crown Album

"Right after doing that we got a call from Frontiers Records offering us this record deal. And asking if we'd be interested to write and record new music. You know so we decided given that opportunity we'd give it a go and it was just so easy to make this record."

"It was such an organic and joyous, easygoing experience. It was really nice to reconnect with those guys again and Andrew is such a great talent. Not just as a singer but as a writer and particularly as a lyricist. We handed him some stuff that I honestly thought oh this is gonna be very difficult for a singer to actually hang a melody on this. And 24 or 48 hours later Andrew would come up with the goods and then we were also very fortunate that Jeff Pilson happened to be available to produce the record for us."

"That was just a match made in heaven and Jeff was the perfect producer for this project and really brought out the best in Andrew as a singer because Jeff is such a strong singer himself and he really knows how to get inside the head of a singer. It was lovely. It was just a great experience, We did it in I think three or four instalments over the course of about eight months of writing a few songs and a few days later going into Jeff's studio and then a month or two would pass and then we'd do some more."

"The record was actually ready to go a year ago. By Spring 2015 it was ready to be released and the irony is we opted not to release it because we all believed in it so much. We were so pleased with how it came out that we really wanted to wait until we all had time to tour it."

"You know because we really wanted to promote it and give it every opportunity and then it's particularly sad and ironic that Jimmy passed away at the eleventh hour. Four weeks before the record was actually released. We were to be on tour right now. We ended up cancelling that tour out of respect to Jimmy's memory. However there are two festival shows that we were booked to do in late April and one in late May and we're gonna honour those commitments but we don't yet know who's gonna play bass for those shows."

New Bass Player For Last In Line?

"No. Although we will because as I said earlier we have two festival commitments. One in Italy in late April and the Rocklahoma festival at the end of May. And we will be doing those with someone on bass obviously but we don't yet know who. We're gonna start thinking about that in a few weeks. It's still a little bit too soon to actually address that."

"I don't know what our long term plans are gonna be to be honest. I mean that really depends on what happens with the record. How it's received and what people want. If there's enough interest out there then possibly we'll find someone who can do the job to some extent and continue. I mean I don't subscribe to the fact or to the belief that musicians can be replaced. It'll never be the same without Jimmy. I'm not gonna fool myself into thinking that it will be but you know we could find someone who could closely assimilate it I suppose for performance purposes."

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