A hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany on Saturday night (Aug. 6). Created by Eyellusion, the surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon closed out the massive metal event which was attended by some 75,000 fans and featured such acts as Iron Maiden, Ministry, Testament, Bullet For My Valentine and Dio Disciples.
Dio died in 2010 at the age of 67 after a battle with stomach cancer. Dio Disciples features members of the Dio band.
Wendy Dio, who manages Dio Disciples and is affiliated with the Eyellusion team, said in a statement: “When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. … We have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on.”
While Wacken marked the official debut of the hologram, which features Dio’s vocals, there are plans to tour with it globally in 2017, it was announced.
Said Craig Goldy, lead guitarist for Dio Disciples: “We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances. Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible. For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can’t wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year.”