Surprise Ronnie James Dio Hologram Closes German Metal Festival

Ronnie James Dio is the latest star to be resurrected in hologram form. The metal icon passed away in 2010, but his new virtual avatar made a surprise appearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival last night alongside the Dio Disciples, a tribute group featuring Dio’s former bandmates. They closed out the event by performing “We Rock,” with the Dio hologram, created by Ellusion, on lead vocals. “When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears,” Wendy Dio, the late musician’s wife and manager of the Dio Disciples, said in a statement. “We have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on.” A world tour featuring the hologram is being planned for next year.