LAST IN LINE singer Andrew Freeman has paid tribute to legendary bassist Jimmy Bain saying that he "will be forever indebted to this man for the encouraging spirit he graced me with."
Bain, along with drummer Vinny Appice and guitarist Vivian Campbell, was part of the original DIO lineup, which reunited in 2012 alongside Freeman to form LAST IN LINE.
Bain died over the weekend at the age of 68. He passed away while the DIO offshoot band LAST IN LINE was taking part in DEF LEPPARD's "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise. No cause of death has been revealed, although it has been reported that he was ill for some time.
Writing on his Facebook page, Freeman said: "As I am sure you all have heard, we lost our friend and bandmate Jimmy Bain over the weekend.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Jimmy for about 10 years through a few music projects and our recent band, LAST IN LINE.
"I cannot stress the level of sadness and loss that I feel losing such a close friend and mentor. Jimmy, along with Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, welcomed me into their intimate artistic circle, entrusting me the responsibility of performing a legendary library of music and building a new one. I will be forever indebted to this man for the encouraging spirit he graced me with.
"Rest easy, my friend. I will do my best to carry on your legacy.
LAST IN LINE will release its debut album, "Heavy Crown", on February 19 via Frontiers Music Srl. The CD was recorded at a Southern California studio with producer Jeff Pilson, a veteran bassist who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER, DOKKEN and T&N, among others.