Ronnie James Dio: Heavy Metal Icon Returns From The Dead In Germany

Louis Babcock

Ronnie James Dio passed away in 2010 after battling stomach cancer. On Saturday, Germany held their heavy metal Wacken Open Air music festival and fans were stunned when they saw what appeared on the stage. They saw Dio, in hologram form, perform as it yelled out the heavy metal anthem "We Rock." The Dio hologram also flashed the famous "devil horns" hand gesture that Ronnie made famous.

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"I cried the first time I saw it. It was quite, quite scary. Our crew, when they first saw it at rehearsal, they were in tears. It's absolutely amazing."
"It was very surreal. I could see him – he was moving and singing – but I couldn't touch him. It was surreal almost to have him here again."
"As the music industry has changed, touring has become the primary revenue generator for artists. When I started Eyellusion, I realized we should focus only on the live music market."
"I knew about the Tupac hologram and everything, but what appealed to me was that this would be the first time with a live band; Ronnie's band. So that was exciting."
"We're celebrating Ronnie in his prime. It's the closest we are going to get to the real Dio and I think that's really what it's about."
"It's not about touring a hologram. To me, it's about touring a concert."

[Photo by Keystone, Sandro Campardo/AP Images]