In a brand new interview with Icon Vs. Icon, DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell revealed that he is “getting together” with some of the musicians in “another band that [he] used to be in many, many years ago” next week to “start writing for a new record.” He added: “I can’t mention who it is yet, but it is one of my past projects, and we are kind of getting back together, and we have been offered a record deal.”
One of the bands that Vivian used to play in was RIVERDOGS, which he he ended up joining after being tapped to produce their first demo. As an official member of the group, he would contribute to their eponymous debut album in 1990.
Though fans and critics gave the LP a warm reception, lack of support from their record label eventually led the band to go independent, with Campbell departing the lineup. Releasing another two albums in Europe, the group continued to pick up fans before eventually disbanding.
RIVERDOGS drummer Marc Danzeisen revealed in a February 25, 2016 post on the band’s Facebook page that all members of the group — including, apparently, Vivian — have “been in close contact lately trying to make some DOGS magic happen very soon.”
RIVERDOGS gathered in 2003 to record new material and play a few reunion shows. Those new songs were recorded as demos, but never completed.
In 2010, MelodicRock Records approached band manager Paul Liszewski about a possible release of these songs. The band liked the idea so much an agreement was reached and over the course of a few week-long get-togethers, the lineup of Rob Lamothe (vocals), Campbell, Nick Brophy (bass) and Danzeisen recorded final versions of the 2003 tracks as well as writing a couple of brand new songs. Added to the new “World Gone Mad” album was one live cut from the band’s 2004 reunion shows, a cover of the BADFINGER classic “No Matter What”.
Campbell, along with bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice, was part of the original DIO lineup, which reunited in 2012 alongside singer Andrew Freeman to form LAST IN LINE.
LAST IN LINE‘s debut album, “Heavy Crown”, was released on February 19 via Frontiers Music Srl.