New Footage Of Ronnie James Dio Hologram Now Available

The schedule for the “Dio Returns” World Tour, which will feature Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, and Bjorn Englen performing with an Eyellusion hologram version of the late Ronnie James Dio, has been revised, with some dates set to be rescheduled to make room for a more expanded run. With this news, a new promo video has also been released, complete with footage of the hologram in action.

Tour Dates:

12/06 Bochum, GER – Matrix
12/07 Cologne, GER – Die Kantine
12/09 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
12/13 Barcelona, SPA – Bikini Barcelona
12/14 Zaragoza, SPA – Teatro de las Esquinas
12/15 Santander, SPA – Escenario Santander
12/17 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
12/19 London, UK – O2 Islington Academy
12/20 Tilburg, NET – Poppodium 013
12/21 Antwerp, BEL – Trix

More countries will be added, including the U.S. and Canada.

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Doug Aldrich Says He Has An Unreleased Ronnie James Dio Demo Recording

Doug Aldrich, who performed with Dio between 2002 and 2006, has revealed he has a previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio demo recording. The track was written during the “Magica II” sessions, which were never completed due to Dio passing away in 2010.

Aldrich said the following about the track:

“I have a demo of Ronnie, an unreleased song nobody’s ever heard,” Aldrich tells Roppongi Rocks. “I offered it to Wendy [Dio, Ronnie’s widow and manager who manages his estate] and, I don’t know, maybe she forgot about it, but I said ‘I have this song. It’s really haunting.’ It was during [the] time he wrote ‘Electra’. I just played on it. We were kind of bouncing around some of his ideas and working on some of them. Before we did ‘Electra’, he had this other one that he said, ‘Can you put a solo on this?’ and he gave me the track. I had put a solo on it and then, when I brought it to his house, he goes, ‘No, no, no. I’ve got this new idea called ‘Electra’.’ We didn’t even listen to it. I don’t even think he ever heard the solo because we were so focused on trying to get one song done to promote the tour that we were gonna do. I was still a member of WHITESNAKE [at the time], but I said to him, ‘If you work it out with David [Coverdale, WHITESNAKE frontman], I would love to go out on the road with you.’ Because he had asked me to go. He worked it out and then he got sick. But there is this one track that is haunting, because the lyrics are… And he doubled his voice, it’s just really trippy. At some point, it will have to come out. I got it. I got the mix. I actually have the recording session, which has got Ronnie playing bass, Ronnie playing rhythm guitar and vocals. And then a drum machine. One day.”

[via Blabbermouth]

First Set Of Dates Announced For Ronnie James Dio Hologram World Tour

The first set of dates have been announced for the “Dio Returns” World Tour, which will feature Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, and Bjorn Englen performing with a hologram version of the late Ronnie James Dio. Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan will also appear at select shows.


Tour Dates:

11/30 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
12/03 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset
12/04 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller Music Hall
12/06 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
12/13 Barcelona, SPA – Bikini
12/15 Santander, SPA – Escenario Santander
12/17 Bucharest, ROM – Arelene Romane
12/20 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
12/21 Tilburg, NET – 013

Heff Pezzuti, CEO of Eyellusion, commented:

“We’ve really only given Dio fans a small taste of what they’re going to see on this tour. We are creating a completely new hologram of Ronnie, designing an amazing light show and continuing to add more dates around the world to make sure that as many fans as possible get an opportunity to take part in this experience.”

Dio‘s manager/widow Wendy Dio also added:

“Working with Eyellusion over the past year and a half to turn our dream of this tour into a reality has been absolutely incredible. No one has ever been able to put together a show and tour like this and we like to think of Ronnie smiling down as we continue to find new ways to share his music with all generations of fans. We cannot wait to be able to finally bring this incredible experience to Ronnie’s fans around the world.”

Ronnie James Dio Hologram To Make U.S. Debut At Pollstar Awards

Dio Disciples were previously joined onstage by a hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio during their 2016 set at Wacken Open Air, and now the hologram will make its way to the U.S. for Pollstar Live!’s Pollstar Awards. That will take place February 2 at the The Novo in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the event, Wendy Dio and Eyellusion’s Jeff Pezzuti will discuss the hologram during a “Hologram Experience” Pollstar Live! panel. They will also be joined by special guests APA’s Troy Blakely, TKO’s Andrew Goodfriend, etc. As previously reported, Dio Disciples are planning a full tour with the hologram.

Official Footage Of Dio Disciples Performing With Hologram Of Ronnie James Dio At 2016 Wacken Open Air Festival Available

As previously reported, Dio Disciples were joined onstage by a hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio during their set at Wacken Open Air, and now some official footage of the show is available online. The performance was made possible by combining technology developed by Eyellusion with live audio recorded before Dio’s passing. A full 2017 tour is being planned.

Footage Of Dio Disciples Performing With Hologram Of Ronnie James Dio At 2016 Wacken Open Air Festival Surfaces Online

As previously reported, Dio Disciples were joined onstage by a hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio during their set at Wacken Open Air, and now some fan-filmed footage of the show has surfaced online. The performance was made possible by combining technology developed by Eyellusion with live audio recorded before Dio’s passing. A full 2017 tour is being planned.