The concept of a “hologram tour” might make some cringe, sure — but it’s happening, so you’d better get used to it. Eyellusion, the company responsible for this cutting-edge technological advancement as a means of presenting live shows from artists that have passed away, was already working on a Frank Zappa hologram tour, and now it’s set its sights on a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour, as well.
The iconic hard-rock icon died in 2010, but Eyellusion is planning 100 live shows in 2019 featuring a hologram likeness of the singer. The Dio hologram made its first appearance in 2015 at the Pollstar Awards in Los Angeles, setting the stage for this new chapter. More, via Billboard:
Launched in 2015 by Jeff Pezzuti with partners that include Zappa’s son Ahmet Zappa and Dio’s widow Wendy Dio, Eyellusion first presented the Dio hologram at Wacken music festival in Germany and then made the U.S. premiere at the Pollstar Awards in 2017 in Los Angeles.
“That’s actually where I met Steve Martin and we began talking about touring plans for Dio,” which is set to hit over a 100 cities in 2019 with an accompanying live five-person band, a first in live music.
So stay tuned …