Ronnie James Dio Documentary In The Works

Wendy Dio has revealed that a documentary on her late husband Ronnie James Dio is currently in the works. She told The Metal Voice that she is “interviewing people” about producing the film and that it will cover Dio’s career from Elf to Heaven & Hell. She also added:

“The documentary will go back to his childhood. I have many photos. We have a lot of old videos. There’ll be things that people have never seen.”

On another note, she also offered an update on the Dio hologram:

“We have a new [Ronnie hologram] we’re developing that’s gonna be fantastic. I’m actually seeing the finish of it on the 4th of February, and we are hoping to tour with this probably from May onwards.”

[via Blabbermouth]


Ronnie James Dio Hologram Set For Over 100 Shows In 2019

According to Billboard, Eyellusion, the company that created the Ronnie James Dio hologram, has signed with the Agency For the Performing Arts and will be represented by agency partner Steve Martin. With this news, it has also been confirmed that the hologram will hit the road in April and that it will appear in over 100 cities next year. The Dio Disciples will serve as the backing band, while Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (ex-Lynch Mob” will handle additional vocals. Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti told Billboard the following:

“The big question when we first toured Dio through Europe was ‘Is anyone actually going to show up? We sold out the last three shows in Europe and we did really, really well. We’re such believers in what we were doing and we’re all such massive fans — in my sixth-grade class picture, I’m wearing a Dio shirt, so you can imagine taking this all the way across the finish line has been a dream come true.”

Ronnie James Dio’s Clothing, Gold Records, Guitar, Etc. To Be Auctioned Off

Julien’s Auctions have announced a “Property From The Estate Of Ronnie James Dio” auction, which is set to take place at The Hard Rock Café in New York on September 14-15. The auction will feature a number of items from his early days in Rainbow, things from his time with Black Sabbath, and stuff from his solo band. Among the items included are a sticker-covered wardrobe case, stage clothing, a white Charvel guitar, the Barry Jackson painting that was used as the cover for “The Last In Line”, gold sales plaques, the animatronic sphinx from the “Last in Line” tour, a dragon’s head from the “Sacred Heart”, etc. People will be able to bid on everything in person and online. More info can be found HERE. Wendy Dio commented:

“I am glad that Ronnie’s extensive collection of items will go to his fans, museums, and collectors around the world to be displayed for all to see and enjoy. These items are very special to me but I recognize the historical importance of anything to do with Ronnie and he would want his fans to be able to own, enjoy and see these items for many years to come.”

Wendy Dio Says The Ronnie James Dio Hologram Is “Back On The Drawing Board Right Now”, Thinks The Singer’s Autobiography Will Be Out In Late 2019

During an interview with The Metal Voice’s Jimmy Kay, Wendy Dio talked about the Ronnie James Dio hologram and said they have to fix some things before they take it back out on the road. She also talked a bit about Dio’s autobiography, which is expected in late 2019. You can check out the full chat, along with some excerpts below:

Wendy said the following about the hologram:

“It was a good test, we did very well, but there’s things I need to perfect on Ronnie. I’m really very critical. I need to perfect his face a little bit more — his eyes and his eyebrows are not quite right to me. So we’re back on the drawing board right now. And we’re hoping it will go out again probably the beginning of next year, and we will hit Canada and America. But it has to be right first.”

She also added the following about the mixed reactions:

“All the criticism is fine — everybody has the right to criticize something — but look at it and see it first before you criticize it, because most of the people that criticize it haven’t seen it and they don’t even know what to expect. It’s a whole experience that we take out. Ronnie comes in and out — you don’t know when he’s gonna come in or out. He does about six or eight songs — he comes in and out. The rest of the time is with Ripper and Oni singing the songs, sometimes singing together, singing alone. And what we are developing now is for Ronnie to sing together with them, so they sing different verses together. And plus, the band, of course, is superb — they are a fantastic band, because they played with Ronnie for 17 years, and he only picked the best. And then we also have all kinds of stuff going on with old photos of Ronnie, all different things going on at the same time, so it’s like an experience — it’s a whole experience.”

She also offered an update on the autobiography which she has been helping to finish:

“When I was in London last week I met with publishers, it’s on the way now. I think it should be out by late 2019. Ronnie wrote the book up until the middle of the Rainbow years. What I would like to do is continue it by taking interviews he has done with several people so it is still in his own words all the way through. Also interview people that have been on the road with him, bandmates, bands that have supported Ronnie or bands that feel that Ronnie has influenced their lives.”

She continued:

“The book will include explanations of lyrics and I also have another thought in mind and I haven’t approached it yet. I thought of doing an illustrative book of lyrics, in a medieval theme.”

[via Loudwire]

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.

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.”