In August of 2016, a Ronnie James Dio hologram debuted at Wacken Open Air in Germany. It was the first hologram concert performance to feature a live band and the experience hit the road in Europe at the beginning of this year. In 2019, more Dio loyalists will have their chance to catch the unique event as over 100 concerts will be performed in the next year.

The company behind the hologram, Eyellusion, has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts and will be represented by agency partner Steve Martin, reports Billboard, along with the news of the coming concerts.

"The big question when we first toured Dio through Europe was 'Is anyone actually going to show up?'" Eyellusion's Jeff Pezzuti told Billboard. "We sold out the last three shows in Europe and we did really, really well. We're such believers in what we were doing and we're all such massive fans — in my sixth grade class picture, I'm wearing a Dio shirt, so you can imagine taking this all the way across the finish line has been a dream come true."

Singers Tim "Ripper" Owens and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) have been tapped for additional vocal support as the set will not feature the Ronnie hologram exclusively. Dio Disciples represent the backing band for the European hologram tour and the 16-song set features six songs with the visual projection of Ronnie.

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