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.
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