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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.

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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.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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