Ronnie James Dio‘s hologram first debuted at last year’s Wacken festival in Germany, and then appeared again at this year’s Pollstar Awards. Now the creators have announced a world tour featuring the hologram and the Dio Disciples, and the first dates have been announced. The ‘Dio Returns’ tour will kick off with a European leg of performances in theaters on November 30th in Helsinki before hitting South America, Australia and Asia. The tour will arrive in the U.S. in the Spring of 2018, and hit select festivals next Summer. Stay tuned for those dates.
Wendy Dio said this on the world tour, “In 1986, for the Sacred Heart Tour, Ronnie and I created the Crystal Ball with Ronnie filmed and speaking in a suspended crystal ball effect, done with back projection, which was the closest we could get to a hologram. Ronnie was always wanting to experiment with new stage ideas and was a big Disney fan. With this said, I am sure he is giving us his blessing with this hologram project. It gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time. We hope everyone will enjoy the show that we have all worked so hard to put together.”
“Dio Returns” tour dates:
Nov. 30 – Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
Dec. 03 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset
Dec. 04 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall
Dec. 06 – Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
Dec. 13 – Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini
Dec. 15 – Santander, Spain @ Escenario Santander
Dec. 17 – Bucharest, Romania @ Arelene Romane
Dec. 20 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Dec. 21 – Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
For more details, head to RollingStone.com.