Ronnie James Dio - Hologram Tour Coming In 2019


Remember when a hologram of late heavy metal legendary singer Ronnie James Dio set out on a world tour, backed by musicians who played with him? Well, there will be more of that in 2019. Billboard is reporting that Eyellusion, the hologram company behind touring shows for Ronnie James Dio, Frank Zappa and pianist Glenn Gould, has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts for more than 100 Dio Returns shows in 2019. Also appearing are former Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-Lynch Mob frontman Oni Logan.

Launched in 2015 by Jeff Pezzuti with partners that include Zappa's son Ahmet Zappa and Dio's widow Wendy Dio, Eyellusion first presented the Dio hologram at Wacken music festival in Germany and then made the U.S. premiere at the Pollstar Awards in 2017 in Los Angeles.

"That's actually where I met Steve Martin and we began talking about touring plans for Dio," which is set to hit over a 100 cities in 2019 with an accompanying live five-person band, a first in live music.

"The big question when we first toured Dio through Europe was 'Is anyone actually going to show up?'" Pezzuti tells Billboard. "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."

Dio Returns hits the road in April and Eyellusion is also planning a tour for Zappa: "The Zappa show is going to set the bar for everything and totally blow everything else out of the water. It is the most incredible visual show that's ever been assembled and every song has a different look and feel. It's going to be an absolute mind fuck, in a good way."




Source: billboard.com
Band profile: Dio
 
Posted: 06.11.2018 by BloodTears


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06.11.2018 - 14:37
Daniell
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Scamming Fans Part 2. I can't believe people actually pay to see this.
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06.11.2018 - 14:58
AndreMarcos
His widow must in need of money ...
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06.11.2018 - 15:18
that guy
How has this become a thing? I saw a while ago that there was a Roy Orbison hologram show. Can I just say cash-grab?
Who'd wanna go for such a thing? I wouldn't. But then again, what do I know...
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06.11.2018 - 18:32
cossaisVendeurs
I don't understand how Death To All was acceptable, but this isn't.
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06.11.2018 - 18:43
Kais
Is this really necessary?
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06.11.2018 - 20:24
skelator
WHY?!
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06.11.2018 - 20:36
RaduP
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No
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06.11.2018 - 20:59
Lanthros
To all the people complaining about this, how is this any different then lazer floyd shows?
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06.11.2018 - 21:53
that guy
^ both use a gimmick to attract their audience, so not much difference I guess. I would not go for a lazer floyd show either.
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06.11.2018 - 22:47
Maco
Carnivore
The future is now old farts
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06.11.2018 - 23:19
scorp18
Would be more fair for the fans to release old shows in 3D/4D/5D/whateverD in the theaters instead of faking a "concert" like that =/
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07.11.2018 - 00:37
Jeeers
Necrophilia
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07.11.2018 - 02:34
IBlackened
Is this a cash grab?
a. Yes
b. Of course
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07.11.2018 - 03:27
sbgmetal
No thank you, i hope to satan that ronnie haunts those involved
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07.11.2018 - 11:43
Daniell
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Written by Lanthros on 06.11.2018 at 20:59

To all the people complaining about this, how is this any different then lazer floyd shows?

What does it matter how it is different. We're bitching about Dio, not Pink Floyd. Make a news piece about Pink Floyd and I will bitch there too.
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07.11.2018 - 11:49
The Shape 1973
Can someone explain to me what the problem is with this? Properly! Not just "whaaa it's a cash grab" bollocks or its a scam for fans. Clearly its not a scam, it's advertised as a hologram. They are not claiming it's really him.
Would you watch a film with someone who has died in it? Do you still watch old DVDs of live performances with dead artists? In the Freddie Mercury bio film most of it is Freddie's voice singing, he's dead, so is that a cash grab too?

Yes, this is a rant and I don't care if it pisses you off. The above posts have pissed me off. I'm a massive RJD fan and will grab any chance to see his work, be it tribute band or hologram show. I would imagine, although I have no proof, that some of the profits will be going to his cancer foundation.
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07.11.2018 - 15:42
Zaph
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Written by The Shape 1973 on 07.11.2018 at 11:49

Can someone explain to me what the problem is with this? Properly! Not just "whaaa it's a cash grab" bollocks or its a scam for fans. Clearly its not a scam, it's advertised as a hologram. They are not claiming it's really him.
Would you watch a film with someone who has died in it? Do you still watch old DVDs of live performances with dead artists? In the Freddie Mercury bio film most of it is Freddie's voice singing, he's dead, so is that a cash grab too?

I agree for the most part; I don't have a problem with all this. If people want to see it --and they clearly do, since the first tour made enough money to do another one-- then why not... The reason why (obviously money is gonna be a big one for a lot of people behind this) is irrelevant to me.
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07.11.2018 - 16:10
Mercurial
As potentially distateful as this is it's not a "scam." Pretty hysterical to describe it as so. Perhaps Daniel should consult his 14 thesauri, or however many he once said he had.
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09.11.2018 - 12:44
nikarg
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Written by The Shape 1973 on 07.11.2018 at 11:49

Can someone explain to me what the problem is with this? Properly! Not just "whaaa it's a cash grab" bollocks or its a scam for fans. Clearly its not a scam, it's advertised as a hologram. They are not claiming it's really him.
Would you watch a film with someone who has died in it? Do you still watch old DVDs of live performances with dead artists? In the Freddie Mercury bio film most of it is Freddie's voice singing, he's dead, so is that a cash grab too?

I'll try to explain and I'm not going to use the "cash grab" argument because cash makes the world go round anyway. What disturbs me about this is the fact that I find it disrespectful to the artist. And tasteless to be honest. Also, we cannot ask Dio if he approves of this (but I guess the same goes for a bio film of a dead artist so you have a point there).

I do watch films with dead actors but I fail to see your comparison. Those films were made when the actors were alive. I also watch live performances of musicians who are now dead but they were filmed/recorded when they were alive. A better comparison would be watching a theatrical play in which all the actors are alive except one *insert any legendary dead actor here* and they have used his or her hologram. Does this makes sense?

Of course anyone who wants to go see it can go see it, especially if they have never had a live experience of the great Dio. Still I find there is something really fucked up about this though.
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09.11.2018 - 13:07
The Shape 1973
Written by nikarg on 09.11.2018 at 12:44

Written by The Shape 1973 on 07.11.2018 at 11:49

Can someone explain to me what the problem is with this? Properly! Not just "whaaa it's a cash grab" bollocks or its a scam for fans. Clearly its not a scam, it's advertised as a hologram. They are not claiming it's really him.
Would you watch a film with someone who has died in it? Do you still watch old DVDs of live performances with dead artists? In the Freddie Mercury bio film most of it is Freddie's voice singing, he's dead, so is that a cash grab too?

...What disturbs me about this is the fact that I find it disrespectful to the artist. And tasteless to be honest. Also, we cannot ask Dio if he approves of this (but I guess the same goes for a bio film of a dead artist so you have a point there).

...I do watch films with dead actors but I fail to see your comparison. Those films were made when the actors were alive. A better comparison would be watching a theatrical play in which all the actors are alive except one *insert any legendary dead actor here* and they have used his or her hologram.....

Thanks for a thought out reply.

I'm not sure it is disrespectful to RJD as most of the hologram is basically 3D concert footage. Images of things that he actually did. It's not like they are getting him to do new things like in Star Wars with Peter Cushing or Carrie Fisher. The images are things he had control over. He is not singing Kylie Minogue songs now or dressing him up in clothes he wouldn't have worn. The vocals are his, not something by a stand in singer.

I use the film reference because that's basically what this is. The only difference being that the band are playing in front of the screen. Ronnie was alive when the concert footage was created. They have just made the original footage 3D and taken him out from the background.

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09.11.2018 - 13:41
The Shape 1973
Just a thought. How would people feel about a VR concert?
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13.11.2018 - 16:33
Daniell
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Written by Mercurial on 07.11.2018 at 16:10

As potentially distateful as this is it's not a "scam." Pretty hysterical to describe it as so. Perhaps Daniel should consult his 14 thesauri, or however many he once said he had.

I think it was 27.
And I do think it's a scam. A braod-daylight-robbery scam. Completely disrespectful to Dio himself.
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13.11.2018 - 19:58
Zaph
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Pretty sure a scam means people aren't getting exactly what they think they're paying for, which is not the case. It's advertised as a Dio-hologram and that's precisely what it is. Perhaps a dictionary would be more appropriate than a thesaurus here.
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13.11.2018 - 21:09
Mercurial
Written by Daniell on 13.11.2018 at 16:33

I think it was 27.
And I do think it's a scam. A braod-daylight-robbery scam. Completely disrespectful to Dio himself.

What Zaph said.
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16.11.2018 - 02:18
Traezeus
Written by Zaph on 13.11.2018 at 19:58

Pretty sure a scam means people aren't getting exactly what they think they're paying for, which is not the case. It's advertised as a Dio-hologram and that's precisely what it is. Perhaps a dictionary would be more appropriate than a thesaurus here.


Couldn't agree with you more, despite how much I despise this nonsense. A "scam" involves deceit, which there is none of going on here. They're selling it as a Dio hologram concert, and that's exactly what you're getting.
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16.11.2018 - 19:07
Archie 666
I don't know about this. If the whole gig was done as a hologram including other members of the band from whatever era, as a sort of a fun event celebrating the band maybe I wouldn't feel so creeped out about it. But Dio as a hologram and the rest of the band actually playing live is a bit weird to me.
Also, what does the interaction with fans look like when Dio doesn't react to what is going on in the crowd(or maybe he does..)? Has anyone here ever been to one of these gigs? If you have please let me know.
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17.11.2018 - 16:50
DeliciousDishes
Man we really are in late capitalism
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17.11.2018 - 20:24
Archie 666
Written by DeliciousDishes on 17.11.2018 at 16:50

Man we really are in late capitalism

Yes, looks like the end is near.
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Can they NOT?
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