Dio says she's far from the "cash cow" some have called her, saying the tour is actually quite expensive, but she believes her husband would have approved.
To Dio fans feeling offended or repulsed by this whole endeavor, never fear: Wendy Dio is convinced Ronnie is giving the project his full rock-horns blessing from the great beyond.
A hologram of the heavy-metal star, who was in Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, will set out on a world tour this fall, according to Rolling Stone. Artists like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E have been recreated in hologram form before.
The eerie image of the late rocker appeared at the Wacken festival in Germany past year (16) and now musicians who played with Dio are heading out on the road for the Dio Returns global trek in November (17). She told Rolling Stone a year ago that when she first saw the hologram before it debuted in Germany, she cried.
"Like all families, not everyone agrees, but this was a gift to the fans that was created in the very same spirit in which Ronnie gave throughout his whole career and created these incredible stage shows that rivaled Madonna and Michael Jackson", Goldy told Rolling Stone. When we had the [DIO] "Sacred Heart" tour, we did the big crystal ball with Ronnie's head in there talking, which was actually done with a rear projection, but we were always trying to do new things and exciting things.
"The Dio estate has worked with hologram company Eyellusion so the singing specter could perform numerous late vocalist's hits, including "Holy Diver, ' "Rainbow in the Dark, ' 'We Rock, ' 'King of Rock and Roll, ' Black Sabbath's 'Neon Knights" and 'Heaven and Hell" and Rainbow's 'Man on the Silver Mountain, ' among others", Rolling Stone reports.
"No one has ever been able to put together a show and tour like this and we like to think of Ronnie smiling down as we continue to find new ways to share his music with all generations of fans".
Goldy tells Rolling Stone the band had always hoped to tour and that he and his bandmates are looking to book between 80 and 100 concerts with the hologram. The band received multiple offers after appearing with it in February at this year's Pollstar Awards, he said.
"Like all families, not everyone agrees, but this was a gift to the fans that was created in the very same spirit in which Ronnie gave throughout his whole career and created these fantastic stage shows that rivaled Madonna and Michael Jackson", Goldy told Rolling Stone. "Ronnie was and still is so revered by his fans, which really are his extended family, and they, too, had a special relationship with the man himself which entitles them to a voice", he says. "That is the spirit behind all that we do".