Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

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.




  1. I don’t like the idea of holograms at a concert. I’ve seen it done before, but it weirded me out.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      we’re on the same page, Katie

  2. Let the ones that have gone before us rest in peace. It’s too weird! I say NO to holograms.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:


  3. Hmm. While I think some holograms are cool, sometimes I don’t think they are appropriate. Maybe once in a while? Depending on what the family members think, of course.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes! It really depends !

  4. I have no idea what holograms are so am about to go nad read about it. Interesting post.

  5. I found this concept really weird.. people are just making their bucks out of the ones who are no longer. Really my inner self did not appreciate this hologram concept.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      yes! there’s something about it that simply does not feel right!

  6. Ola says:

    Unfortunately people are capitalizing on anything that smacks of spiritism and anything within that realm. One who is prone to accept anything out of fear of being labeled judgmental is in for a lot of trouble. A hologram is just NOT a good idea.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      true dat

  7. Blair villanueva says:

    I was never into heavy metal sounds. I like a stress free sounds, that I could enjoy while sipping a champagne and enjoying the view outside my window. 🙂

  8. I am sure that would be exciting for you. I love going to see the bands that I loved growing up. It’s always nice to be inspired once again by that music.

  9. Joanna says:

    I have never been to a hologram concert but it sounds interesting.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      ..and a bit strange though

  10. I’m kind of on the fence about this one.. On one hand, I think the concept of a hologram is pretty awesome, BUT on the other.. I think that maybe we should leave the dead… well, dead. It’d probably freak me out to be honest haha.

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      My thoughts exactly

  11. I think a hologram tour is such a strange idea, I think I’d give it a miss personally and just enjoy a band for their music legacy x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      the technology must be amazing but still..

  12. I’m pretty torn on the idea of holograms at concerts. On the one hand I can see how exploitative it can be, but on the other hand (being from the birthplace of Michael Jackson)…I’d definitely love to get a chance to see the king of pop “live” in concert.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I see your point!

  13. I feel like holograms are such a great idea for Concerts because some of the greats, Like Hendrix, I’ll never be able to see live in person so maybe this will be a way to see artists like that again. But at the same time, It’d be an odd feeling to see someone who has passed away on stage!

  14. Liza Perry says:

    I like the idea of holograms for big concert artists! So many I wish I see and I just couldn’t!

  15. Claire says:

    I don’t really go to a lot of concerts so I never heard of holograms. But I think it’s pretty cool, would love to see it sometime!

  16. Jeany , I have no real idea what a hologram performance is but judging by the comments here it seems kinda surreal. I guess people should be satisfied with the gift of the music legacy these dead performers have left us. They should not be trying to re create something that is best left alone and seems very unhealthy to me.

  17. Priyanka says:

    I think holograms are s little strange. I wouldn’t want to see that concert. There are other ways to experience and enjoy the music of an artist who has died.


  18. Pardon my knowledge, I have no clue what a hologram is? But thinking about a hologram tour makes me say “probably I want to go and enjoy the tour”.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      That’s a healthy open minded way to see things Vishal!

  19. Nay says:

    I love the technology exists for a hologram but it really freaks me out to use it for people that have passed away. Let them rest in peace and stop cashing in on their talents. I sound harsh, but that’s just my personal opinion.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I couldn’t agree more

  20. Besties Notepad says:

    I have no idea what a hologram is..but definitely like the post-its in your post

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      yes please 🙂

  21. I don’t like Holograms as an every day thing to honour the passing, but at the same time I am not opposed to it either. I think it has to be done in good taste either way!

  22. I never ever like heavy metals. I hate too much sounds. (But my mom loves it so much.) Don’t have idea what hologram is? Maybe I should check it out.

  23. Alison Rost says:

    Wow, I don’t think I could get on board with the idea. Thinking of any artist who is no longer with us… no, I of course cherish many memories, but to “see” (or worse… “experience” them?)

    No, sorry.

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