Former Rainbow & Dio bassist Jimmy Bain dead at 68

Jimmy BainAccording to a number of sources including ex-Dio drummer Simon Wright, former Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain has passed away at the age of 68.

In 2012 Bain had made headlines when he was arrested in Burbank, California on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Since 2013 he was a member of Last in Line, also featuring his fellow ex-Dio bandmates Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice along with singer Andrew Freeman. They performed in Miami on January 20th and are currently taking part in Def Leppard's inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise.

Jimmy Bain was born in Scotland on December 19, 1947. He joined Rainbow in time to appear on the band's classic second album, 1976's Rising only to be fired a year later. He went on to guest with Thin Lizzy and work in Phil Lynott's solo band, before forming Wild Horses with ex-Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson. He then appeared on Gary Moore's 1983 album Dirty Fingers before joining Dio and playing on seven of their albums, from the 1983 debut Holy Diver to 2002's Killing the Dragon.

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