The Grammys Explore The Future Of Live Music

We had way too much fun talking with Chuck Crisafulli over at For almost an hour, Jeff and Ahmet painted a picture of Eyellusion’s vision for the ultimate new live concert experience. And Wendy Dio dished on our soon-to-launch DIO RETURNS world tour!

Check out this excerpt:

Metal fans looking ahead at this winter’s concert schedule may be surprised to learn that Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010, will be back on the road for a series of European shows starting in November. Attendees at the shows will indeed be hearing the estimable voice of Dio, but what they will see onstage will be members of his longtime band fronted by a hologram.

“Ronnie was always an innovator in music so why not an innovator in technology?” asks Wendy Dio, the singer’s longtime manager. “There are plenty of fans of Ronnie’s that would love to see him back up on the stage, and there a lot of people that never had a chance to see him — this is the only way that’s possible now. I’m hoping I have Ronnie’s blessing because I think this is the wave of the future and I think as more people experience it, they’ll accept it.”

Eyellusion is the Los Angeles-based hologram company recreating Dio for the stage, and the company has also teamed with Frank Zappa‘s estate to produce a new show centered on the iconoclastic artist. While the idea of bringing back deceased artists in virtual form has sparked debate, Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti points out that the technology can do much more.

“Hologram technology might be the main part of a show, or just part of a live show, or a way of capturing something for posterity that’s never been possible before,” Pezzuti explains. “And the digital assets we create can move across platforms into all sorts of uses. We know a hologram is not the real thing, but it’s close enough now to have you walk out of a show saying, ‘Holy s***!’ We want to create those ‘holy s***’ moments.”

The Zappa concerts are planned for late 2018 and will include a variety of holographic elements sharing the stage with musicians who toured and recorded with Zappa.

“My father was a futurist and a visualist who wanted to do this kind of thing in his lifetime,” says son Ahmet Zappa, a co-trustee of the Zappa estate and an executive with Eyellusion. “‘Hologram’ describes the way in which Frank can come back, but that’s a limited way of thinking. Really, what we’re doing is using technology to unleash a whole new way of witnessing the bizarre world of Frank Zappa. It won’t be just watching a hologram play guitar. If the band’s performing Frank’s song “Stink-Foot,” maybe it’s sung by an 800-pound snakeskin platform boot. That’s a different approach than what you’d expect for Dio, but it fits Frank.”

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