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The “Ronnie James Dio” Hologram Tour Is Announced

Hey there readers, so do you remember a post that we ran last year at around this time? It was from the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and what was an added attraction for the fans over there was the presentation of the Ronnie James Dio hologram. It performed songs with the guys in Dio Disciples and if you missed that post or the clip itself just click HERE to be more up to speed. Fast forward to where we are now, and the company that created this fantastical spectacle have just announced the first dates on a world tour that will feature this hologram. Read on to the press release down below.

The Press Release:
Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion today revealed initial dates for “Dio Returns: The World Tour”, featuring a hologram of Ronnie James Dio reunited with the late rock star’s former bandmates from the DIO band. The tour will make more than eighty stops around the globe, kicking off in Helsinki, Finland on November 30. It marks the first tour of its kind, breaking new ground just as Dio did throughout an accomplished career as a lead singer and songwriter in defining bands such as RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and DIO.

The “Dio Returns” tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, United Kingdom, Venezuela and other countries, with dates to be announced. The tour is expected to come to the United States in spring 2018 and play festivals globally during the summer.

The Ronnie James Dio hologram will perform for the majority of the show, treating fans to an alternating set list that will feature songs such as “Holy Diver”, “Rainbow In The Dark”, “We Rock”, “King Of Rock And Roll”, BLACK SABBATH’s “Neon Knights” and “Heaven And Hell” and RAINBOW’s “Man On The Silver Mountain” and more.
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The Dio Hologram Rocks 2017 Pollstar Awards

In case you haven’t heard this yet, according to what I’ve read online, the “Dio Hologram” opened up this years Pollstar Awards with a rousing performance of “We Rock” from the late great singers debut album “Holy Diver”. The Hologram was joined by former players from the band he had when the sonic register was housed in a more corporeal form. Check out the clip below.

The musicians in the Dio Disciples that you see in the clip are guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright, bassist Bjorn Englen and keyboardist Scott Warren. They sound great and sync up perfectly with the late RJD. The Dio Hologram appeared at last years Wacken Open Air Festival (which was actually its debut) and this is something that will be going on tour and delivering a full concert for the fans of his music. The hologram will of course be joined by the compliment of players you see in the above clip and very likely some special guests along the way. This was a creation of the talented folks at Eyellusion.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Alright so don’t get me wrong about this, but I think this is a pretty weird thing to take on a full scale tour. I don’t mind the assorted Dio players doing his music in the scene today but doing so while a hologram is projected onto the stage just doesn’t feel right to me. Perhaps as a special inclusion to something like that Wacken Festival or another big Metal gathering or awards program but not like this. I’d need to see more to properly decide and feel that now that this is being done can a “Dimebag” Darrell or Lemmy hologram be far behind and being planned for tours with other musicians. Am I wrong here my readers or is this indeed a strange proposition for a tour? Let me know what you think in the comments below because I would love to hear what you think about it. I should close with how I miss Dio’s presence in Metal very much but his sounds are never far from us in the traditional way that he wanted us to enjoy them.

Official Website: http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

Win A Ticket To Extreme Guitar @ B.B. King’s On 2/8/2015

Poster - Extreme Guitar at BB Kings - 2015

The Details: Uli Jon Roth is a certified master of the electric guitar and while most heard of him first from the legendary Scorpions he has been on an incredible solo journey for decades. For this year’s visit to our side of the Atlantic, he has assembled fellow greats of string in Vinnie Moore (UFO) and Craig Goldy (Dio/House Of Lords) and will deliver The Extreme Guitar show. This is going to be nothing less than an educational experience for anyone that has picked up a guitar and I am stoked that thanks to the fine folks at B.B. King’s Marketing, that PiercingMetal will be putting several fans into the show for free as a part of our second great contest for this music year of 2015. Read more below.
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Dio @ Beacon Theater (10/2/2004)

Logo - Dio

Artist: Dio
Venue: The Beacon Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Anthrax & Fireball Ministry
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Date: 10-2-2004

Ronnie James Dio, quite possibly one of the greatest vocalists in heavy metal music visited New York City in support of his latest effort “Master Of The Moon”. The Beacon would be the venue and the mighty Anthrax would be opening the bill. One can always count on a great performance from Dio, as he has been in this business for so many years. He also has a wide catalog of great songs, especially since he was a part of Rainbow and Black Sabbath in years gone by. The full show would start off with a band called Fireball Ministry who I found very loud and not all that impressive. The overly loud band made it difficult for their music to sound anything more than muddy to me and my friends. I did not see people really responding to them but since this is a new group to me I will remain impartial.
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