Jimmy Bain, who made his name as a bassist with Rainbow and Dio, has died at the age of 68.
Bain died while taking part in Def Leppard‘s Hysteria on the High Seas Cruise as a member of Last in Line. The band was comprised of the musicians who played on Dio’s first two records — Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell and drummer Vinny Appice — and vocalist Andrew Freeman. They were set to release their debut, Heavy Crown on Feb. 19.
Filmed three days before Jimmy Bain passed away. Last in Line, Live at The Magic City Casino in Miami Florida on January 20, 2016
A native of Scotland, Bain was in Rainbow from 1975-77, where he met Ronnie James Dio, who would hire him for his self-named band in 1983. After four studio albums together, Bain left after Dream Evil in 1987, but rejoined in 1998 and stayed until Dio’s death in 2010. Last in Line were formed in 2013.
Scott Wright broke the news on Facebook,