Dio Hologram ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ Before Return, Singer’s Autobiography Targeted for 2019
Though Ronnie James Dio passed away in 2010, the singer's legacy has continued with a variety of posthumous projects, and his widow Wendy Dio has offered more information on two of the more pin-progress progress works.
The Ronnie James Dio hologram has generated great interest, with Dio Disciples playing shows with the hologram last fall in Europe. But before more dates take place, Wendy Dio told The Metal Voice's Jimmy Kay (seen above) that there will be some fine tuning.
"It was a good test, we did very well, but there's things I need to perfect on Ronnie. I'm really very critical," revealed Wendy. "I need to perfect his face a little bit more — his eyes and his eyebrows are not quite right to me. So we're back on the drawing board right now. And we're hoping it will go out again probably the beginning of next year, and we will hit Canada and America. But it has to be right first."
The Dio hologram has drawn some mixed reactions, but Wendy is asking that people at least see it before rendering their decision. "All the criticism is fine — everybody has the right to criticize something — but look at it and see it first before you criticize it," she said. "Because most of the people that criticize it haven't seen it and they don't even know what to expect. It's a whole experience that we take out. Ronnie comes in and out — you don't know when he's gonna come in or out. He does about six or eight songs — he comes in and out. The rest of the time is with Ripper and Oni singing the songs, sometimes singing together, singing alone. And what we are developing now is for Ronnie to sing together with them, so they sing different verses together. And plus, the band, of course, is superb — they are a fantastic band, because they played with Ronnie for 17 years, and he only picked the best. And then we also have all kinds of stuff going on with old photos of Ronnie, all different things going on at the same time, so it's like an experience — it's a whole experience."
Wendy also offered an update on Dio's autobiography, which she has been helping to finish over the last year or so. "When I was in London last week I met with publishers, it's on the way now. I think it should be out by late 2019. Ronnie wrote the book up until the middle of the Rainbow years. What I would like to do is continue it by taking interviews he has done with several people so it is still in his own words all the way through. Also interview people that have been on the road with him, bandmates, bands that have supported Ronnie or bands that feel that Ronnie has influenced their lives."
One other point of note on the book. Dio states, "The book will include explanations of lyrics and I also have another thought in mind and I haven't approached it yet. I thought of doing an illustrative book of lyrics, in a medieval theme." Stay tuned for details on the book as they become available.
The next major thing in the Dio universe is the fourth annual edition of the Ride for Ronnie, starting at the Glendale Harley-Davidson in California on May 6 and concluding at Los Encinos State Park in Encino, Calif. The annual event will feature a motorcycle ride and day-long concert saluting the memory of Dio while raising funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Steven Adler's All-Star Band and Dio Disciples will lead the performance lineup. For more details and to get tickets, click here.
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