The ‘Dio Returns’ tour, which features a Ronnie James Dio hologram fronting the Dio Disciples, kicked off last night at the Matrix Bochum in Bochum, Germany. The hologram appeared throughout the show, and added that Dio feel to classic tracks like ‘Rainbow In The Dark’, ‘We Rock’, ‘Neon Nights’, ‘King Of Rock And Roll’, ‘Man On The Silver Mountain’, ‘Heaven And Hell’, ‘Holy Diver’ and more!
Check out the first fan footage from opening night below!
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” remaining tour dates:
Dec. 07 – Die Kantine – Cologne, Germany
Dec. 09 – Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
Dec. 13 – Bikini Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 14 – Teatro de las Esquinas – Zaragoza, Spain
Dec. 15 – Escenario Santander – Santander, Spain
Dec. 17 – Arenele Romane – Bucharest, Romania
Dec. 19 – O2 Academy Islington – London, United Kingdom
Dec. 20 – Poppodium 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec. 21 – Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
For more details, head to Ronnie James Dio’s Facebook page.