Last In Line
Mandela Hall Belfast
Review & Photography – Mark McGrogan : http://markmcgrogan.com
Tonight saw the only Irish Show of Last In Line in 2017, and for a good reason too. It was part of a night acknowledging the talent of Northern Ireland, tonight would see Vivian Campbell of Last In Line receive the Oh Yeah Legend Music Award for 2017.
Deservedly so, a career dappled with high profile bands that most people would kill for, Sweet Savage, Dio, Whitesnake, Last In Line, Riverdogs and of course guitarist for Def Leppard for the last 25 years. In all honestly, this award was well overdue. The gig followed the presentation where a humble Vivian Campbell gave an acceptance speech to rapturous applause, and a few laugh’s. He shared antidotes from his time over the years and gave praise to all how helped him along the way, and to those who are no longer with us, the likes of the great James Dio and of course Jimmy Bain.
Speeches made, it was time to Rock! The guys step onto the stage a light it up as the hungry Belfast crowd goes mad, Campbell grinning like a Cheshire cat, he holds back as frontman Andrew Freeman covers the area of the stage riling up the crowd. All the guys are on top form, and give it their all as Belfast erupts into chaos. By the time Vivian steps forward for his 1st solo of the night the audience let out a mighty roar as their hometown hero finally steps out into the light.
The guys rip through old and new numbers and as I look across the crowd at an expansive audience, I see fans from across the years soaking it all up. Young and old who recognise exactly what this band represents, what an artist like Vivian Campbell represents and what it means to a small country like Northern Ireland.
As the boys ravage their way across their set playing fans favourites like ‘Holy Diver,’ ‘Don’t Talk To Strangers,’ ‘Last In Line’ and ‘Invisible’ the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for their encore tribute to the late Jimmy Bain with ‘Starmaker.’ Campbell played like a beast all night, making it an unforgettable night for his adoring fans, as did the whole band that gave everything and left nothing behind on that Belfast stage.
Last In Line Are :
Vivian Campbell – Guitar
Vinny Appice – Drums
Andrew Freeman – Vocals
Phil Soussan – Bass
Eric Norlander – Keyboards