Top 50 bands 9/50


  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Vivian Campbell
  • Craig Goldy
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Vinny Appice
  • Simon Wright
  • Scott Warren

When there’s lightning
you know it always brings me down
‘cause it’s free and I see that it’s me
who’s lost and never found
Feel the magic
fell it floating in the air
But it’s fear and you’ll hear
it calling you beware
look out

There’s no sign of the morning coming
there’s no sign of the day
You’ve been left on your own
like a rainbow
like a rainbow in the dark


1984. The Last in Line

 is the second album by band Dio, released on July 13, 1984. It is the first Dio album to feature former Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell.

Following the extremely warm reception given his self-named band’s well-deserving debut album, Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio figured there was no point in messing with a winning formula, and decided to play it safe with 1984’s sophomore effort, The Last in Line – with distinctly mixed results. Although technically cut from the same cloth as those first album nuggets, fist-pumping new songs like “We Rock,” and “I Speed at Night” curiously went from good to tiresome after just a few spins (a sign that the songwriting clichés were starting to pile up…read on); and the otherwise awesome, seven-minute epic, “Egypt (The Chains Are On),” inexplicably lost it’s strikingly sinister main riff halfway through, in what sounds like a mastering snafu of some kind. On the upside, more dramatic, mid-paced numbers such as the title track, “One Night in the City,” and “Eat Your Heart Out” – as well as the driving “Evil Eyes” – delivered enough compelling riffs and melodies to outweigh Ronnie’s once endearing, but now increasingly troublesome repetition of words like “rainbow,” “fire,” and “stone” in seemingly every song. Finally, the distinctly more commercial pairing of heavy rocker “Breathless” and the power ballad/single “Mystery” gave undisguised notice (along with the slightly sleeker production throughout and more generous keyboards from new member Claude Schnell) of Dio’s intention to broaden their audience by tapping into the rising tide of pop-metal. This would bring dire circumstances on their next album, Sacred Heart, but despite the telltale signs of decline cited above, anyone who loved Holy Diver will likely enjoy The Last in Line nearly as much.

Ronnie James Dio      Vivian Campbell     Jimmy Bain     Claude Schnell    Vinny Appice