It seems like forever ago that I first discussed the Dio Hologram Tour with THIS POST from 2017 but now it appears that the moment is night and its time to enjoy this technological wonder when it hits the concert stages of the United States. Take a look at the full press release, poster and dates down below.
The Press Release:
The most buzzed-about tour in the heavy metal world – the DIO RETURNS Tour featuring the Ronnie James Dio hologram – is finally coming to the United States this spring and summer! The DIO RETURNS U.S. Tour will feature a line-up of DIO bandmembers of 17 years performing aside the stunning Ronnie James Dio hologram.
The official band line-up will feature Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards, and newer DIO family member Bjorn Englen on bass. The show will also feature renowned metal vocalists Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest/Yngwie Malmsteen) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob).
This 90-minute celebration of Ronnie James Dio will include all of the great fan favorites – such as “Holy Diver”, “King of Rock N’ Roll” and “We Rock” – taking fans on a DIO journey from Rainbow to Black Sabbath, to his own DIO material – with the legend himself!
The DIO RETURNS Tour will begin May 31, 2019 in Ft. Myers, FL and visit a month’s-worth of cities, with more dates set to be announced.
Tickets for all confirmed tour dates go on sale this Friday, April 12 at 10:00 AM local time via all major ticketing outlets. For more information, please visit the website at the close.
Simon Wright says, “Looking forward to hitting the road with this incredible piece of technology and celebrating Ronnie and his timeless music again with his friends and fans.”
The Tour Dates:
May 31 – Ft. Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
June 1 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
June 2 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Palladium Theatre
June 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
June 6 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
June 7 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
June 8 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
June 9 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
June 11 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
June 12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
June 14 – St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
June 15 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
June 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
June 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
June 20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
June 21 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
June 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
+ More TBA!
In August 2016, Eyellusion surprised fans when it debuted the Ronnie James Dio hologram at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival in Germany. The hologram was also tapped to open the 2017 Pollstar Awards, wowing bookers and promoters in attendance and creating excitement for the forthcoming tour. Most recently in December 2017, thousands of fans in Germany, Poland, Spain, Romania, the UK, Netherlands, and Belgium experienced DIO like never before via the DIO RETURNS tour.
For the past year, the presenting team at Eyellusion have been perfecting the production and unbelievable visual effects behind the amazing new Ronnie James Dio hologram. Watch a new trailer of the hologram in action here: https://youtu.be/S94odyYYdKs
Jeff Pezzuti, CEO of Eyellusion says, “Ronnie James Dio was not only known for his amazing vocals, but also his incredible stage shows and performances. This show is a must see for all fans of Ronnie, new and old. The new stage production we have created plus the brand new Ronnie James Dio hologram have to be seen to be believed. This is a first of its kind metal show! We are celebrating Ronnie, with his live vocals, with his band he toured with for the last 17 years, and with a show that his fans will love! It’s an over the top metal experience that will have the fans raising their horns throughout the show! We are excited for everyone to see what we have in store for the U.S. beginning on May 31 and the world to follow!”
For more information on the DIO RETURNS U.S. Tour 2019, please visit the website below.
Eyellusion is live music’s premier hologram entertainment company. It provides end-to-end hologram production services, from live streaming to full digital recreation. As music industry business models evolve, Eyellusion is working with a fast-growing roster of artists to open up new revenue streams, expand touring capabilities and meet fan demand. The Eyellusion team brings decades of global music industry and live touring experience, combining deep expertise with cutting-edge production and hologram display capabilities. Eyellusion is based in Los Angeles with offices in New York.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m still not sure where I am about this particular kind of touring event despite having a many decade appreciation of the late great Ronnie James Dio. I am also a fan of technology but think with stuff like this it’s a little weird. Sure I loved the Tupac hologram that we saw at Coachella from a few years ago with that YouTube video but my Rock and Metal icons I prefer to keep their memory alive with the albums and videos in my collection. As you can see there isn’t an appearance in my Big Metal Apple and one of the concert mainstays of Irving Plaza will be closing for the better part of a year this summer so outside of Gramercy Theatre we don’t have many places to enjoy this. It’s likely too big a production for Saint Vitus and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of Metal happening at the soon to reopen Webster Hall. I’ll probably check this out and do the same with the Frank Zappa hologram because I am morbidly curious. One has to wonder if a Freddie Mercury hologram will be coming next. What do you readers think about this tour and will you be in attendance at any of these dates. Chime in down below.