Ronnie James Dio was "back" over the weekend.
A hologram of the late heavy metal icon appeared during the Dio Disciples' set on Saturday night (August 6) at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, flashing Dio's trademark devil horns as the group played Dio's 1984 anthem "We Rock." The hologram was designed by Eyellusion, which spent nearly a year putting it together.
Dio's widow and manager Wendy Dio told Rolling Stone that, "I couldn't believe my eyes and ears...we have been able to get Ronnie back up onstage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on."
Dio intimated that it's not the last we'll see of the hologram, either. "I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience," she said, while Dio Disciples guitarist Craig Goldy said that, "We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.