Live music’s premier hologram production company Eyellusion, today announced new and updated dates for Dio Returns: The World Tour.

Originally scheduled to begin in Helsinki, Finland, the tour featuring Ronnie James Dio reuniting via hologram with his Dio bandmates will now begin in Bochum, Germany on December 6th. The tour will make stops in Poland, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium before the end of 2017:

Dio Returns: The World Tour dates:

December 6 – Matrix Bochum · Bochum, Germany
December 7 – Die Kantine · Cologne, Germany
December 9 – Progresja · Warsaw, Poland
December 13 – Bikini Barcelona · Barcelona, Spain
December 14 – Teatro de las Esquinas · Zaragoza, Spain
December 15 – Escenario Santander · Santander, Spain
December 17 – Arenele Romane · Bucharest, Romania
December 19 – O2 Academy Islington · London, United Kingdom
December 20 – Poppodium 013 · Tilburg, Netherlands
December 21 – Trix · Antwerp, Belgium

Dates initially announced for Finland, Sweden and Norway are being rescheduled for a larger run through Scandinavia in 2018. The Dio Returns tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, Venezuela and other countries, with more dates to be announced. The Ronnie James Dio hologram will perform throughout the show, treating fans to an alternating set list that will feature songs such as Rainbow In The Dark, We Rock, Neon Nights, King of Rock & Roll, Man On The Silver Mountain, Heaven & Hell, Holy Diver and more.

The tour will feature Dio’s actual live vocals, with the DIO Band playing live, featuring Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keyboards and Bjorn Englen on bass. Veteran metal vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens will also perform, with singer Oni Logan also joining on select dates.

For more information, visit eyellusionlive.com and follow the company @eyellusionlive on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Rattlehead on

    Will holograms of Lemmy and Rhoads open the shows on this tour? Will the RJD hologram have a “meet and greet” session and sign autographs? Can people buy tickets for these shows using hologram dollars?

    It would be cool to see the band play with either Ripper or Oni singing these RJD’s songs, but abandon the hologram gimmick. The great RJD is no longer with us, but we can still celebrate and remember him by playing and listening to his music and watching his video performances.

    And just for clarification on this press release, only the DIO Band will be playing live on this tour. RJD’s voice will not be live, it will be a recording. And I hope this hologram gimmick is a huge financial failure, lest others conjure up the same pathetic idea…..

  • RTunes68 on

    For extra money, I hope they have backstage Meet & Greet sessions with the Holo-Dio!

  • Ray Gillen on

    I hope they dont sell a single ticket. Here`s what I dont like. The show is going to have to be scripted like a play. You cant have any interaction with dio as a band member(obviously) so no improvs like a real concert. No extended solos no switching songs no spontaneity at all. weak. Why have new bands come out anymore when we can hologram the musicians that have past on, that cant be good for the industry. I went to a q&a session that had steve vai a couple of weeks ago and he is actually considering doing a hologram tour with frank zappa ! Man I wanted to get in a debate with him about it but bit the shit out of my lip. I`ll tell ya what this shit is getting alot of looks and could be the new wave before you no it. I think people are sitting back and is going to see how the dio thing goes before people jump onboard. Dont go to support these shows, lets these legacys rest in peace and quit trying to cash in. sacrilegious

  • shannon mehaffey on

    It’s beyond me…people die, if someone else didn’t die Ronnie never would’ve been born….they have to let go.

  • Mr. Rock And Roll on

    This is freaking ridiculous. Talk about a cash-in. I love the post up top by Rattlehead, can we use hologram dollars! Great point. This is one of the most asinine ideas I have ever seen actually happening. This has nothing to do with giving the fans a treat at all. This is just stupid. Dumb, dumb, dumb. And laughable. May this idea fail miserably. Who the hell actually thought this is a great idea? I mean, seriously, who pitched this, who caught it, who allowed it? Only a clueless moron who is so out of touch with reality would think this is ok. Wow.

    • DR Is Live on

      ‘Who the hell actually thought this is a great idea’?

      -Wendy Dio

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