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9th January 2017


Former Dio and Rainbow bass player Jimmy Bain very sadly passed away almost exactly a year ago now, 24th January 2016, aged 68.

Jimmy was Dio's bass player between 1982 and 1989 and then again from 1999 to 2004 and was also a member of Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio for a short time, appearing on the 'Rising' album.

The list of bands and musicians he worked with is long and exemplary, including Phil Lynott, John Cale, Scorpions and Kate Bush.

Jimmy was born in Scotland in 1947 and after turning professional in the early 70s was asked to join Rainbow by Ritchie Blackmore who saw him play at The Marquee Club in London.

He stayed with Rainbow for one album and tour, but was a major part of Dio, co-writing many songs. He also founded Hear N' Aid, the charity foundation to help alleviate poverty, co-writing 'Stars' with Ronnie James Dio and Vivian Campbell.

jimmy bain

Jimmy was active musically all his life, working on mnay bands and projects - most recently in the band Last In Line, originally formed as a project to keep the Dio songs alive, however Jimmy, Vivian Campbell (guitar), Vinny Appice (drums) and Andrew Freeman (vocals) entered the studio and wrote a new album of original, 'Heavy Crown'.

Jimmy Bain left a huge and important musical legacy, however it appears that he did not leave a will and now his widow, Julie Wilson, is struggling and needs our help.

A GoFundMe page has been set up and the statement that appears on there is self-explanatory.

"Julie Wilson is the widow of Jimmy Bain, bass player extroardinaire for the band Dio, Rainbow and many others. A true rock'n'roll legend, Jimmy recently passed away without a proper will in place and now his better half is in trouble.

"She is sober and residing with her trusty little pooch, Baxter, in temporary safe residence in North Hollywood, CA. Due to some extreme health issues (COPD/lung nodules and Alpha 1 lung/liver disease), she has reluctantly reached out the community for a helping hand.

"Please rally in the spirit of true Metal. All donations will be monitored and placed towards housing and medical insurance strategy. The need is immediate. Julie, doggie Baxter, and the entire music community thank you very much for your compassionate generousity. Help spread the word."

Ginger Wildheart and Saxon, Europe and Thin Lizzy manager Adam Parsons were among the first to donate and you can follow their lead right here.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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