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Dio Returns Hologram Footage What Are Your Thoughts? Would You Buy A Ticket?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017


Some footage started to float around from the DIO Returns tour.  For those not familiar it’s Ronnie James DIO in hologram form playing with his DIO bandmates.  The tour started December 6th at Matrix in Bochum, Germany.  From other reports the set-list featured “Rainbow In The Dark”, “We Rock”, “Neon Nights”, “King Of Rock And Roll, “Man On The Silver Mountain”, Heaven and Hell”, “Holy Diver” and more.

The DIO Returns tour features Ronnie’s actual live vocals with the DIO band playing backing.  The band consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards and Bjorn Englen on bass.   Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest) will also perform as well as singer Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) on some dates.

The hologram debuted at the last year’s Wachek Open Air festival in Germany surprising many in attendance.

Reaction to this type of technology has been mixed.  Some feel we should allow artists to rest in peace while other’s look at this as a great opportunity to see a live show with the essence of the original artist.  I think I may be more in the latter group.  I actually quite enjoy the thought of being able to catch a Jimi Hendrix show in person, or see John Bonham, Freddie Mercury, or maybe even Prince.  Granted I don’t get to see the actual artist but it’s as close as I would be able to get to seeing an artist I appreciate that I can’t see at all now.  It’s also a great way to expose the younger generation to the artists we grew up with.  In the case of DIO, having not only his wife’s blessing and support but also having his former band mates actually playing live backing the hologram, I see no problem with it.

Additionally, breaking up the set with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Oni Logan in my opinion makes this an event.  And let’s be real, we’re really going to a “Show” Right??  We want to be entertained. I look at something like this as entertainment rather than trying to replace Ronnie.  Either way you look at it, should this technology prove to sell seats and be profitable, it’s going to be around for a while.  And if you’re a pop or hip hop fan, we’ll you’re accustom to lead vocals being prerecorded anyway so those people are half way there.

Below I have the footage linked from the DIO Returns tour. I’ve also attached a link to an Eddie Trunk interview with Jeff Pezzuti and Wendy Dio.  Jeff Pezzuti is the creator of Eyellusion, the company that’s creating this technology for this tour.  We posted a story earlier in the year about Eyellusion starting work on a Zappa hologram tour.  (One I would probably go see)  It’s an interesting story so check that out below as well.

Tell me your thoughts.  Is it cool or should we leave well enough alone?








Frank Zappa Hologram Tour Coming Next Year

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Sooo… A few months ago a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour was announce from a company called Eyellusion.  Eyellusion has now announced a new partnership with the Zappa Family Trust to develop Frank Zappa hologram shows.


LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Eyellusion, live music’s premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

“I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.”

He continued, “Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn’t enough Zappa coolness, we’re also planning on staging Joe’s Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer.”

“Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums,” said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality.”

“We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience” adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions,” said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. “Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can’t wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting.”

Stay tuned to for tour dates and further lineup announcements.


So what are you thoughts?  I never saw Zappa so part of me would like to see this for the entertainment factor of going especially with all the big name musicians that are going to be involved.  But the other part of me isn’t sure if I want my first Zappa live experience to be a hologram.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably buy a ticket.  But having all these hologram concerts featuring artists of the past does raise the question.  Do you want to see these guys?  Want to go see Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughn?  When you start to go down the list of the greats, it does sound like it would be some cool shows!  On a personal note!!!  Bring on Thing-Fish!!!