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Dio Tribute Band Last in Line to Limit Live Renditions of ‘Sacred Heart’ Songs

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Last in Line, a Dio tribute project featuring former Dio and current Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell that’s named after the band’s 1984-released album, is set to tour the U.K. next month, with the bulk of the material focusing on Ronnie James Dio‘s band’s first two albums: ‘Holy Diver’ and ‘Last in Line.’ However, don’t expect much from ‘Sacred Heart,’ the band’s third album.

The band is limiting what songs it plays live from that album, due to the excess baggage that comes with it. Campbell, who was fired by Dio in 1986, wants to play songs from the first two albums since, because of his history, he can’t get past the nonsense that he associates with the third since it represents being canned.

When discussing the live set list for the tour, Campbell, who has been battling cancer, said (quote via Classic Rock), “The ‘Sacred Heart’ album was very difficult for us all — that’s when things really started to go wrong with the band. No one wanted to be in the studio with Ronnie. We would literally just come in and do our parts; we wouldn’t really hang, whereas with ‘Holy Diver’ and ‘Last in Line,’ we were in the studio 24-7 and everyone was committed to making those records … So the ‘Sacred Heart’ record, we don’t look upon it as favorably. We probably won’t play too much from that.”

While the band, featuring Vinnie Appice, among others, used to perform Black Sabbath and Rainbow tracks with Dio, since RJD was in those bands, the Last in Line tribute band, fronted by Andy Freeman, won’t go that route. “I don’t think it would be legitimate for us to do that,” Campbell said. “…without Ronnie there, I don’t think it’s very legitimate to play Sabbath or Rainbow songs, so we won’t be doing that.”

Last in Line will play Slidebar in Fullerton, Calif. on Aug. 3.

Next: Vivian Campbell Thanks Fans for Their Support During Cancer Fight

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