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Legends of rock prove their metal at debut gig

Belfast-born Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell returned to his hometown last night for the official debut show by his 'new' side band Last in Line.

In actuality, the group is the original line-up of 1980s heavy-metal legends Dio, minus late leader Ronnie James Dio, of course.

To see four-fifths of the iconic outfit cranking out gem after gem from the classic Holy Diver, The Last in Line and Sacred Heart albums was quite a treat for the assembled headbangers.

Truthfully, Dio's commanding presence and charismatic delivery were missed.

Still, you can't blame Campbell and Co for wanting to reclaim material they helped create, and musically, it was astounding.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

Belfast Telegraph

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