Though he’s been gone for some years now, the late, great Ronnie James Dio could very well pave the way for how we see live concerts in the future.
Details are coming out about a full-fledged tour featuring a hologram of Mr. Dio himselfat various stages of his legendary career. Also helping out will be live singers like Ripper Owens, who has an amazing set of pipes himself and could do Dio’s catalog very proud, with a live band playing.
This could be an interesting litmus test because if it sells well, my guess it would only be a matter of time before we see more of these what I’m now anointing “holo-tours”. It’s not lost on me that those of you who oppose this idea may re-name it “HOLLOW-TOURS”. Nonetheless it’s an intriguing possibility, particularly for those bands I love that I never had the chance to see live.
As for my picks, Queen would be a no-brainer with Adam Lambert sharing the stage with Freddie Mercury’s hologram.
Another would be Rage Against the Machine with the remaining members of the band (now part of Prophets of Rage) playing alongside a hologram Zach de la Rocha.