The late great singer Ronnie James Dio hasn’t quite been laid to rest, as the singer has been hologramed at gigs for some time.
However, now Dio’s widow Wendy Dio has commented that the hologram is going to be put aside for a while. The reason, according to Wendy, is not the numerous negative comments, but the fact that the hologram is too expensive to use.
“[The hologram] was well received sometimes, sometimes not; it all depends on the people. The problem with the hologram, and it’s great — and I won’t say never again — but it costs so much money, you can only go into certain venues because of the height of it and the size of it. It’s too expensive to travel, so therefore we couldn’t come to Brazil, couldn’t come to South America, couldn’t go to Japan, couldn’t go to Europe with it. So it limits you so much.”
In the future, Dio will be seen on a video screen during concerts:
“So we are going out next year in March — the Dio band will go out again — but this time I found an ISO film, a 17-camera shoot, there’s an ISO one of Ronnie only. So we took that, and we’re making this with special effects. So it won’t be a hologram — it’ll be a film of Ronnie himself with the Dio live band and special effects. So we’re working on that. And that we can take anywhere. So we’re hoping to come to Brazil next year.”