Former DIO bassist Jeff Pilson believes that Ronnie James Dio “would have approved” of the legendary singer’s hologram, which made its debut at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Created by Eyellusion, the surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon during DIO DISCIPLES’ set closed out the massive metal event which was attended by more than seventy-five thousand fans.
Asked by the “Music Mania” podcast for his opinion on the Dio hologram, Pilson — who was a member of DIO from 1993 to 1997 and again from 2004 to 2005 — said: “I haven’t actually seen it in person, but I’ve seen some pretty interesting pictures and I saw a video for a moment, and it actually looked really cool to me. I thought they did a great job on it. Again, I haven’t seen it in person, but from what I’ve seen, it looks pretty amazing.”
He continued: “Ronnie loved technology, and I think, deep down, he would have loved the thought that that could have happened. And knowing him, ’cause he was quite an imaginative guy, he probably did imagine that something like that could happen. And honestly, I think Ronnie would have approved.”