Former RAINBOW/DIO Bassist Arrested For DUI And Prescription Medication

According to, former DIO/RAINBOW bassist Jimmy Bain (full name: James Stewart Bain) was arrested last night for DUI and illegally possessing prescription medication.

Bain, 64, got into a minor accident in his ’95 Toyota Camry around 9:30 p.m. and failed a field sobriety test administered by responding police officers. The cops also found Vicodin pills that were not prescribed to Bain.

Bain was arrested and booked for misdemeanor DUI and felony possession of prescription medication.

Bain, who also had an outstanding drug warrant, was released on $60,000 bail.

Bain was previously arrested in Hollywood, California on December 16, 2005 — just three days shy of his 58th birthday — on charges of driving while under the influence.

In an interview with The Cutting Edge web magazine believed to have been conducted sometime in 2003, Bain spoke openly about his battle with drug and alcohol abuse and his efforts to get cleaned up. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

The Cutting Edge: Not everyone knows you’ve had quite a battle with drug and alcohol abuse yourself. How has your life change since you’ve cleaned up?

Bain: “The most important thing is that I’ve got my family back. My mother and father both passed away in the last three years but they were able to see me clean. I have a wonderful woman in my life and my beautiful daughter. I was happy that they were able to see that I could do it. I’ve come to appreciate life more on a day-to-day basis. Every day that I have, as long as I stay clean, is positive for me. I’m very active now in helping others. I visit hospitals and jails and I do panel discussions to help others recover. Not as a member of DIO, but as a guy whose been through it and can shed some light on the recovery. You do it because you want to help people who are in the same position you were at some point.”

The Cutting Edge: What was it for you that turned you around?

Bain: “A judge. He saved my life. When you’re taking drugs, you are spiritually bankrupt. You’re like the walking dead. You’re not committed to anything accept getting high. Since I got clean, I feel I’m a better writer and player now. I can focus. I’ve recorded over 60 albums and only made two clean. The last two.”


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