Dead heavy metal musician will tour as holograph

by on July 29, 2017 at 9:43 am in Music, Web/Tech | Permalink

The latest instance of the musical death and resurrection show is none other than Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010. Thanks to a hologram (actually a high-tech version of an old parlor trick), the former Black Sabbath frontman will start touring Europe the November 30th before hitting the States next spring. “His” set will change nightly, according to Rolling Stone, and audio recordings were pulled from his entire career. “He” will play each night with a backing band and some dates will have singers Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Racer X) on stage as well.

Here is more, via the excellent Samir Varma.  How about Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher as the warm-up act?

1 The Other Jim July 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

This is flat-out brilliant.

Smart bands will start pre-recording hologram-friendly video to be used long after their deaths.

Musical stagnation today, musical stagnation forever!!

2 R u Black Stacey? July 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Nike corals and raybans, girl with the tomfords, an Atlanta braves t-shirt, and a greg Maddox pair of jeans sans rolled up dice, ten cents in both pockets and a cardigan for your hands.

3 Edward Burke July 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

I’m STILL waiting for the hologram of Jimi Hendrix to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” for a Super Bowl half-time show . . . .

4 Thiago Ribeiro July 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

“Smart bands will start pre-recording hologram-friendly video to be used long after their deaths.”
What is in it for them? Will they be pre-paid for the esrimated profits they will bringmtomtheir corporate masters?

5 Ignacio July 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

The band could make their Pullman/Bowie Bonds more valuable (, receiving more cash when they place them, by guaranteeing that there would be royalties from the concert even if the band splits or they die.

6 Donna July 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

It means my favorite group Jem and the Holograms will come back?

7 Moo cow July 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm


8 Matt2 July 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

I thought the joke was KISS would be the first to do this – and maybe not wait until they were dead.

Depending on how good the technology is this might not be the worst thing ever.

9 djw July 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Kiss hardly needs technology to pull this off. Just put four dudes in makeup on stage and call them KISS.

10 Bill July 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Yes, it’s true.

Donald will tour as a hologram, with as much substance, this summer.

Steve Bannon on the drums.

Mooch on the trumpet.

You can see, and understand him, only if you wear the special glasses and drink the special cool-aid.

11 Bill July 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Steve Bannon will perform his contortion trick on stage under the direction of Mooch.

Parental discretion advised.

12 A clockwork orange July 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

REM got to the moon first!

13 Al July 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm

Ozzy will always be the Sabbath frontman.

14 Simian July 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Holy Diver
You’re the star of the masquerade

15 Bludsucker July 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm

See how he glides, why he’s lighter than air
Oh..! I…see…his…face

(Rainbow – Stargazer)

16 Sturt July 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm

I cannot believe with this readership no-one made a reference to Hotblack Desiato, the frontman for Disaster Area the biggest band in the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy universe, who famously “spent a year dead for tax reasons” which did not in any way disturb their performances…

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