If you were at the Wacken Open Air Festival this year and saw Dio’s Disciples, you were probably blown away and maybe even a little scared to see a hologram of Ronnie James Dio pop up during the encore to perform “We Rock.” After that, the company that produced the hologram, Eyellusion, said that they planned on doing a full-fledged Dio hologram tour, and even hinted at the prospect of a Motorhead one. We debated over the thought of future touring scenarios where you’ll have to choose between seeing a live act or a hologram representation of an act in its prime. One artist that isn’t a fan of the Dio hologram is an artist that won’t need his own hologram for a while, nor would he want one: Disturbed frontman David Draiman. During an interview with Argentinian radio station Vorterix, Draiman thought they should just let Ronnie’s legacy live on hologram-free:
“It makes me sad. I’m always happy to hear any music from anybody that’s left us, that we’ve lost. But I don’t know… The hologram thing, to me, it almost isn’t letting the dead be dead. And… I don’t know… It just seems weird. It seems no different than… Is there a difference between a hologram and a guy dressing up like Ronnie James and doing it? You know what I mean?”
He continued: “Ronnie was Ronnie, and he was the best in the entire damn world. Whether you’re doing it with somebody like Ronnie James Dio or Michael Jackson or whomever, it just seems like, you know what? Respect the legacy. And me personally, I don’t know… It kind of bothers me. Maybe it’s because I love Ronnie so much and revere him as a god of vocal ability. So… I don’t know. It just bugs me.”
Well, there you have it. Like it or not, it seems like it’s happening regardless. And you won’t have to worry about bumping into Draiman at the next Dio and the holograms show next year.