An iconic heavy metal musician is about to embark on a world tour even though he’s dead. Rolling Stone reports that a hologram of Ronnie James Dio will kick off a world tour with a show in Helsinki on Nov. 30.
The tour will hit South America, Australia and Asia before landing in the U.S. in the spring of 2018.
Dio, best known as the frontman for the metal band Dio, died in 2010 after a battle with stomach cancer. Credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture, the powerful vocalist also had stints in Rainbow, Black Sabbath and other bands.
His resurrection as a hologram puts him in the company of artists including Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E, all of whom have performed as holograms in recent years.
“The Dio estate has worked with hologram company Eyellusion so the singing specter could perform many of the late vocalist’s hits, including ‘Holy Diver,’ ‘Rainbow in the Dark,’ ‘We Rock,’ ‘King of Rock and Roll,’ Black Sabbath’s ‘Neon Knights’ and ‘Heaven and Hell’ and Rainbow’s ‘Man on the Silver Mountain,’ among others,” Rolling Stone reports. “The production uses audio of Dio’s live performances from throughout his career with a live band backing him up in front of a stage set that hearkens back to the singer’s Sacred Heart and Dream Evil tours.”
The set will vary from night to night, the report notes.
A Ronnie James Dio hologram previously performed at the Pollstar Awards — check it out …