The Ronnie James Dio 2019 Hologram Tour Is Confirmed

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Ronnie James Dio will once again tour the United States, this time as a hologram in a new “Dio Returns” tour.

Ronnie James will appear alongside Dio, the band formed by the metal legend.

The ‘Dio Returns’ tour will kick off on May 31st in Florida and will wind up in Las Vegas on June 29th. Tickets for the new tour will go on sale April 12nd at 10 am PST.  For prices and more details, you can check the official Dio website.

Dio Returns Tour Dates & Locations

  • 5/31 – Ft. Myers, Florida
  • 6/1 – Orlando, Florida
  • 6/2 – St. Petersberg, Florida
  • 6/3 – Atlanta, GA
  • 6/6 – Worcester, MA
  • 6/7 – Glenside, PA
  • 6/8 – Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • 6/9 – Huntington, New York
  • 6/11 – Detroit, Michigan
  • 6/12 – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 6/14 – St. Charles, Illinois
  • 6/15 – St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 6/16 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 6/19 – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 6/20 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 6/21 – Dallas, Texas
  • 6/22 – Hidalgo, Texas
  • 6/23 – Beaumont, Texas
  • 6/28 – Los Angeles, California
  • 6/29 – Las Vegas

The Ronnie James Dio hologram will be paired with living Dio bandmates for the tour.  Guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Write, and keyboardist Scott Warren are all returning, along with Dio Disciples bassist Bjorn Englen.

Guest vocalists for the tour will include Tim “Ripper” Owens and Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan.

The show is a 90-minute setlist of music from Dio’s career from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to Dio. Hits like ‘Holy Diver,’ ‘King of Rock N’ Roll,’ and ‘We Rock’ are all included.

The Dio hologram first debuted at the 2016 Wacken festival in Germany.  Dio got together again in 2017 with the hologram for a Dio Returns European tour, before making their U.S. debut at the Pollstar Awards.  Goldy says the reaction from fans has been mixed, but the idea was to give a gift to his fans.

“Like all families, not everyone agrees, but this was a gift to the fans that was created in the very same spirit in which Ronnie gave throughout his whole career and created these amazing stage shows that rivaled Madonna and Michael Jackson.”