Ronnie James Dio Widow Says There Will Be A Tour Dedicated To His Music But Not With A Hologram
Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio spoke about her late husband and his legacy in a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock and talked about the possible tribute tour for the late singer.
Ronnie James Dio was playing along with the Rainbow before joining Black Sabbath in 1979 to replace Ozzy Osbourne. In 1992, Dio permanently left Black Sabbath and continued to work on his solo projects. However, Dio reunited with the Black Sabbath members in 2006 and they formed the band Heaven & Hell which is also the name of the first studio album that Sabbath recorded with Dio.
Unfortunately, the singer passed away due to stomach cancer in 2010. Six years after his passing, Ronnie James Dio returned back to the stage with a hologram, a visual aid that became popular in 2014 following the hologram performance of another late singer, Michael Jackson.
Yesterday, Wendy Dio shared her opinion considering the possible hologram concerts of Dio, and revealed that it is actually on hold because they don’t know if they are going to do that again or not. Moreover, Wendy said that she thinks there are still lots of things to improve in the hologram technology and added that the fans would prefer to see Ronnie himself instead of seeing a hologram on the stage.
Even though Wendy shut down the hologram tour, she pointed out that the Dio band is going to start a tour in honor of Ronnie. In Wendy’s words, there will be a ‘film of Ronnie’ along with some special effects in the shows.
Wendy Dio shared her thoughts on the upcoming Dio tour during her recent interview as follows:
“The hologram is on hold. I don’t know if we’re going to do that again or not. We went out, and we tried it – we did it. There’s still talk about doing the hologram. I don’t know. I think that there’s so much more that’s come along developing-wise. I just think that the fans would prefer to see Ronnie as being really Ronnie instead of a hologram.
We are going on tour. I’m working on some special effects of stuff with Ronnie. It’s a film of Ronnie, not a hologram… I found a bunch of footage that was done. I found the ISO film of Ronnie only, and we’ve been taking that and working with that with special effects and things. It looks really, really cool.
I’m hoping this is going to come out really, really well. I’ve only seen a few bits of it. It’s a long procedure and expensive, so we’ve been working on it, but I think the fans will like it and enjoy it.”
Further in the conversation, Wendy also revealed that there will be a documentary movie of Ronnie James Dio in the future and said that it will feature lots of interviews with numerous musicians.