Ronnie James Dio Hologram Set For World Tour

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A hologram of Ronnie James Dio appears at Wacken Open Air 2016.

Ronnie James Dio's hologram is going on a world tour.

Rolling Stone reports that the tour has been named Dio Returns, and the image of the metal singer, who died in 2010, will perform with live musicians from the Dio tribute band Dio Disciples.

The European leg of the tour starts in Helsinki on Nov. 30, and it'll arrive in the U.S. by the spring of 2018. You can also expect the Dio Returns Tour to make an appearance at select festivals next summer.

Dio's widow, Wendy Dio, and his estate worked on the project with the hologram company Eyellusion. The tour will use audio from some of Dio's live performances, and the hologram will supposedly take you back to the singer's Sacred Heart and Dream Evil tours. 

"In 1986, for the Sacred Heart Tour, Ronnie and I created the Crystal Ball with Ronnie filmed and speaking in a suspended crystal ball effect, done with back projection, which was the closest we could get to a hologram," Wendy Dio tells Rolling Stone.

"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."

Watch the digital Ronnie James Dio perform at a Pollstar Live! trade show:

This article originally appeared in Stereogum.


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