By David McNally
Yup, you’re not misreading that and we’re not feeding you FAKE NEWS – Ronnie James Dio is hitting the road this fall! ... Well, kind of.
Thanks to modern technology and a little bit of black magic, a hologram of the late James Dio who passed in 2010 will instead take to the stage along with a full band. The tour led by half front man, half hologram has been dubbed Dio Returns: The World Tour.
Eyellusion, the company who designed the hologram announced today that the tour will kick off November 30th in Helsinki, Finland and will span across theaters in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, with a North American leg planned for the spring.
Although this may appear as a scheme from the rockers estate to sucker crowds in, its not. Dio was a pioneer and was not afraid to try new acts on stage.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Wendy Dio said, “Ronnie was always wanting to experiment with new stage ideas and was a big Disney fan. With this said, I am sure he is giving us his blessing with this hologram project. It gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time. We hope everyone will enjoy the show that we have all worked so hard to put together."
This won’t be the first time that a hologram of Dio has performed with a live band. Earlier this year, the Ronnie James Dio hologram made its U.S. debut with the official DIO band to open the annual Pollstar Awards.
Watch DIO perfrom ‘We Rock’ live with the James Dio Hologram below.
Dio Returns Tour Dates:
November 30 - Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
December 3 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset
December 4 - Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall
December 6 - Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
December 13 - Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini
December 15 - Santander, Spain @ Escenario Santander
December 17 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arelene Romane
December 20 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
December 21 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013