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There’s Video of the Ronnie James Dio Hologram Now

  • Axl Rosenberg

In case you didn’t hear: over the weekend, Dio Disciples performed at Wacken with a hologram of the Ronnie James Dio. The idea turns me off in a big way on principle, and based on social media at least, it appears that many fans agree with me. Having now seen video of the “performance,” I’m more convinced than ever that this is a lousy idea:

Unsurprisingly, this appears to be less of a concert and more of a theme park ride. And, it turns out, all the hype about how realistic “Ronnie” looked was total bullshit. Real people tend to be opaque. This might look swell in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, but otherwise…

Also, I was so taken aback by this development yesterday that I didn’t even consider the other members of Dio Disciples (save for guitarist Craig Goldy, who allegedly wept as a result of the hologram’s supposed authenticity). Watching video of these talented musicians playing backup for a cartoon is goddamn depressing. The next time someone tells me they don’t understand what the term “out of gas” means, I’m going to show them these clips.

It’s already been said that Dio Disciples are hoping to do a tour with the hologram next year, during which “Ronnie” could potentially end up fronting more than a dozen songs a night. Hopefully they see how negative fan reaction has been to this and (literally) pull the plug.


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