Original DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell says that he has “no real strong opinion” on the hologram of Ronnie James Dio, 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.
Eyellusion recently announced initial dates for “Dio Returns: The World Tour”, featuring the Ronnie James Dio hologram reunited with the late rock star’s former bandmates from the DIO band. The tour will make more than eighty stops around the globe, kicking off in Helsinki, Finland on November 30.
Asked by TNT Radio Rock for his opinion on the Dio hologram, Campbell said (see video below): “I don’t have an opinion. I’ve never seen it, so I can’t say what it’s like. But I do think that, in the bigger picture, what we do in LAST IN LINE, and what they do with the hologram, I think it’s all mutually to each other’s benefit. I think we’re all perpetuating, we’re all keeping the music alive, and that’s a good thing. So I think if the hologram brings more attention to LAST IN LINE, then that’s good for LAST IN LINE. If LAST IN LINE playing these songs — Vinny [Appice, drums] and I particular, the originators of the music with Ronnie — if our playing the music brings more attention to the hologram, then that’s good for them. So I think it’s a win-win. I have no real strong opinion on it. Like I said, I’ve never seen it, so I can’t say.”