The new Ronnie James Dio hologram kicked off a month-long U.S. tour last Friday night (Friday, May 31) at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, Florida.
The Dio hologram production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances in all of his 4 foot 7 glory that were taken from various shows throughout his career, with the DIO DISCIPLES band playing live, consisting of Simon Wright on drums, Craig Goldy on guitar, and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan. Gonna be a banger, no doubt. In his review of last night's show, Fort Myers News-Press writer Charles Runnells wrote: "Hologram Dio never really felt real. His mouth didn't quite sync with Dio's recorded, awe-inspiring vocals (lifted from various live Dio concerts). His movements looked too herky-jerky, manic and non-stop to feel life-like. And the whole thing lacked that hard-to-nail-down but immediately recognizable spark of life. It didn't help that the hologram was set all the way to the back of the stage, behind the band, making the always short Dio appear even shorter and almost which wouldn't help his Napoleon complex (see old videos from jackass ) Setlist from previous shows 01. King Of Rock And Roll 02. Mob Rules 03. Children Of The Sea 04. The Last In Line / Holy Diver 05. Stand Up And Shout 06. Don’t Talk To Strangers 07. Egypt (The Chains Are On) 08. Gates Of Babylon 09. Invisible 10. Stargazer 11. Heaven And Hell / Man On The Silver Mountain 12. Rainbow In The Dark 13. We Rock 14. Neon Knights No Holy Diver? Lame!