For those that love science fiction classics like The Terminator, Star Wars, Blade Runner and The Matrix, you would never imagine that these films would become part of our reality. However, hologram-like appearances left the big screen and came into our waking lives around 2012 at Coachella, with 2 Pac. Rolling Stone reported it was expensively created at a Special Effects Studio, with his “performance” done in complete CGI. However, our minds have been blown since then and it seems that in 2016 and onward, anything is possible. Earlier this summer we saw live footage of the legendary Ronnie James Dio coming back from the dead at the Wacken Open Air Festival.
Talking Metal’s Mark Strigl recently interviewed Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti, the company that created Dio’s hologram, discussing an upcoming 2017 hologram tour. Pezzuti promises it would feature an assortment from Dio’s iconic career emphasizing he’ll have different looks:
“The tour will be an over-the-top mind blowing experience. We are going to have both live singers with Ripper Owen and Oni Logan as part of the show as well as Ronnie appearing throughout the show at different parts, some duets. It’s going to be mind blowing from the fans perspective. We are going to bring album covers to life. We are going to bring things that are known to Ronnie to life onstage.”
“Ronnie will be involved in each show from probably 6 to 7 songs a night that he will be singing on. Some of the ones we can expect are ‘We Rock’, ‘Holy Diver’ and ‘Rainbow in the Dark.’”
Dio’s widow Wendy has given her blessing for this hologram tour. There are no confirmed dates, however, I would not be surprised seeing more artists coming back from the dead. Who else would you like to see? Hendrix? Lemmy? David Bowie? Cobain? Janis Joplin? Prince? Keith Moon? Imagine the possibilities with this endless list of musical legends that we lost.