There is no life after death, but there sure is heavy metal.
Which I still own. The album was Dehumanizer and I wore it out so much that I almost had to buy a new version of it. But I didn’t because I liked the old one better, scratches and all.
Point being, DIO was the one who made me fall in love with heavy metal, shaped who I am today and had a lasting influence on my taste in everything, not just music. Theoretically, I would be thrilled to watch him perform. But I never indulged in fantasies of me rocking to a hologram.
When I heard the news that a hologram of Ronnie James Dio will tour the world beginning later this year, I didn’t know what to do with mychelf. Do I run the risk of saying ”hell no” and looking closed-minded? What would Ronnie (In my fantasies we are on a first name basis) do?
He was always open to new ideas and creative concepts but he was also fascinated with all things soulful and profound, from his 1495 antique wooden chest that he proudly displayed next to his hand carved pool table, to his music that shaped generations of metalheads, around the globe.
I want to get all excited and be acceptant but there’s a part of me that doesn’t buy into the whole “We are doing this because we were all a family and when a family has lost their beloved family member, they try to keep the memory of their lost beloved one alive” thing. Are we the kind of family that is cashing in right now?
I don’t think he would approve.