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Ronnie James Dio Makes After-Death Holographic Debut

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Ronnie James Dio. (Bendiksby, Terje/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 08:22 AM

Ronnie James Dio, the late American rocker, made his after-death holographic debut at in Germany performing with tribute act Dio Disciples, following in the steps of other late performers who have been immortalized by the technology, reported Rolling Stone magazine.

Dio, a popular heavy metal singer who fronted such groups as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell and his own band, Dio, died at 67 in 2010 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, reported MTV.

As a hologram, Dio returned to the stage at the Wacken Open Air Festival to perform his 1984 hit song "We Rock" with the Dio Disciples, noted Rolling Stone. The hologram had been in development for more than a year so it could tour with the tribute group.

The hologram was lifelike enough to bring an emotional response from the late singer's widow Wendy Dio.

"I cried the first time I saw it," Wendy Dio, who was her husband's manager during his career, told Rolling Stone. "It was quite, quite scary. Our crew, when they first saw it at rehearsal, they were in tears. It's absolutely amazing."

Eyellusion, the hologram entertainment company that created the performance, had been working with Wendy Dio to produce her husband's new stage presence, according to the company. It said about 75,000 witnessed the hologram performance Saturday.

"Holograms represent a major opportunity for live music and fan engagement, but they have to be done right," said Jeff Pezzuti, chief executive officer for Eyellusion. "We believe we've cracked the code on delivering the highest quality hologram-based events, creating the ultimate live music experience that keeps fans coming back."

Yahoo Music said hologram performances have continued to improve since the technology was used on a large audience at Coachella in 2012 with late rapper Tupac Shakur and followed by Whitney Houston and the rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

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Ronnie James Dio, the late American rocker, made his after-death holographic debut at in Germany performing with tribute act Dio Disciples, following in the steps of other late performers who have been immortalized by the technology.
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