DIO Returns: The Tour

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Here’s some pretty cool news for fans of the late, great Ronnie James Dio.

After debuting at the Wacken Festival in Germany last year, a hologram of the late heavy-metal singer Ronnie James Dio has just set out on a world tour backed by musicians who played with him. The “DIO Returns” Tour features Dio’s actual live vocals, with the DIO Band playing live, featuring Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards and Bjorn Englen on bass. Veteran metal vocalist Tim Ripper Owens will also perform, with singer Oni Logan also joining on select dates.

The Ronnie James Dio Hologram will perform for the majority of the show, treating fans to an alternating set list that will feature songs such as Rainbow In The Dark, We Rock, Neon Nights, King of Rock & Roll, Man On The Silver Mountain, Heaven & Hell, Holy Diver and more.

“Working with Eyellusion over the past year and a half to turn our dream of this tour into a reality has been absolutely incredible,” said Wendy Dio, who managed Ronnie James Dio throughout his career and is overseeing every aspect of the DIO Returns Tour. “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.”

I have to admit that the thought of going to a gig to watch a hologram perform with a live band seems a little weird. But from feedback I’ve seen from similar shows, it could be a really cool experience. So far only one UK date has been announced, but hopefully more will follow in due course.

Forthcoming Tour Dates
December 9 Warshaw/ Progresja
December 13 Barcelona, Bikini ES
December 15 Santander/ Escenario Santander ES
December 17 Bucharest, Arenele Romane ROM
December 19 London, O2 Islington Academy UK
December 20 Tilburg/ 013 NETH