Jimmy Bain, bassist of Rainbow and Ronnie James Dio bandmate, had passed away. He was 68.

Def Leppard‘s, Vivian Campbell, who played with Bain in the 80s, confirmed the sad news sharing the following:


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“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line bandmate Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.

Dio 1983 Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Viv Campbell
Dio 1983 Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Viv Campbell

“Jimmy’s struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months, he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line.

“Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable. He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him. We will continue to celebrate his life through his music.

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“On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times.

“Rest in peace, dear friend.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bain’s family and friends at this difficult time.