dio hologramEyellusion, a company specializing in hologram productions has announced that they are staging a tour featuring the likeness of Ronnie James Dio. Dubbed “DIO Returns: The World Tour,” the venture will pair Dio’s hologram accompanied live by former bandmates of the late rock star. 

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Eyellusion debuted the Dio hologram at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival in Germany. The tour will make more than 80 stops around the globe, kicking off in Helsinki, Finland on November 30.

“Working with Eyellusion over the past year and a half to turn our dream of this tour into a reality has been absolutely incredible,” said Wendy Dio, who managed Ronnie James Dio throughout his career and is overseeing every aspect of the “DIO Returns” tour. “No one has ever been able to put together a show and tour like this and we like to think of Ronnie smiling down as we continue to find new ways to share his music with all generations of fans. We cannot wait to be able to finally bring this incredible experience to Ronnie’s fans around the world.”

Dio, who served as a frontman for metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow and the eponymously named Dio, died in 2010 at the age of 67.

Initial tour dates being announced include:

November 30 – The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
December 3 – Fryshuset – Stockholm, Sweden
December 4 – Rockefeller Music Hall – Oslo, Norway
December 6 – Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
December 13 – Bikini – Barcelona, Spain
December 15 – Escenario Santander – Santander, Spain
December 17 – Arelene Romane – Bucharest, Romania
December 20 – Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
December 21 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands

US tour dates are in the planning stages.

via Celebrity Access