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Is it Weird that Ronnie James Dio's Hologram Is Going on Tour?

December 3, 2017

The late metal singer Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath) is set to go on a world tour this fall … in hologram form. Yes, you read that correctly.

Using audio from Dio’s live performances, Eyellusion has made it possible for the vocalist to belt out classics like “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow in the Dark,” “We Rock,” and “King of Rock and Roll" once again. Throw The Dio Band into the mix, and you’ve got a proper concert.

The Dio Band, who will be backing the hologram for a goal of 80-100 shows, consists of Craig Goldy (guitar), Simon Wright (bass), Scott Warren (keyboard), and Bjorn Englen (bass). Alongside Dio’s hologram, the band will keep the set list varying from show to show, so it sounds like they’re trying to keep this as close to the real deal as you can get.

But of course, pulling something like this off is tough to do without some form of criticism, and reactions are bound to be mixed. Dio’s wife is in full support of the tour and its ability to give fans either the chance to see him for the first time or to see him again when they thought they never would, telling Rolling Stone that Ronnie would likely approve. (Dio passed away in May 2010 of stomach cancer.)

A Dio hologram has already performed twice: first at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival last summer and then earlier this year at the Pollstar Awards in Los Angeles. Watch the latter performance below:

 

 

The “Dio Returns” world tour kicks off this fall in Europe and will make its way stateside Spring 2018.

What do you think of the hologram tour?