Longtime DIO / RAINBOW Bassist Jimmy Bain Dies At Age 68
It's a been a brutal month for musicians past their 60s, as death has claimed another legendary metal soul. Jimmy Bain, the bassist of Rainbow and frequent collaborator of the late, great, Ronnie James Dio, had passed away at the age of 68.
The news was confirmed by his longtime bandmate, Vivian Campbell, who shared the following:
"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.
"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.
"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."
Jimmy Bain has passed away. I'm saddened by the loss of my friend. David & I were very close with Jimmy. Godspeed! pic.twitter.com/dDO9M7nvcg
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) January 24, 2016
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) January 24, 2016
Jimmy Bain was a true musician and songwriter. He was involved and wrote more than u probably imagine.
— Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) January 24, 2016