ST. PETERSBURG — Dio Returns will make a tour stop Sunday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Tickets start at $49.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Special guest Jizzy Peral's Love/Hate will open the show.
Dio Returns features the metal legend Ronnie James Dio's hologram. Following a run through Europe in 2018, the show is now ready to tour the United States in 2019, including a stop at the iconic Palladium in Downtown St. Petersburg. The past 12 months have been put into production, unbelievable visual effects, and the world premiere of the amazing new Dio hologram. The show features Dio with the band he played with for over 20 years featuring Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums, Scott Warren on keys and Bjorn Englen on bass. Joining the band will be additional vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan. Owens is known for his work with Judas Priest and Yngwie Malmsteen. Logan was a member of Lynch Mob.
From “King of Rock n’ Roll,” the show opener, to “Neon Knights,” the closer, this 90-minute spectacle serves up all the fan favorites taking audiences on a Dio journey from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to his Dio material.
Eyellusion will present Dio Returns.
Eyellusion addresses end-to-end hologram production needs for the live music market, from live streaming and full digital recreation to stunning special effects. As music industry business models evolve, Eyellusion is working with a fast-growing roster of top artists to open up new revenue streams, expand touring capabilities and meet fan demand. The Eyellusion team brings decades of global music industry and live touring experience, combining deep expertise with cutting-edge production and hologram display capabilities.
Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.
In 1967, Dio founded the rock band Elf, which became a regular opening act for Deep Purple. In 1975, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore tapped Dio for his new band, Rainbow. With Dio on board, Rainbow released a successful string of albums such as "Rising" (1976) and "Long Live Rock N' Roll" (1978).
Dio took over as lead vocalist for Black Sabbath in 1979. During his tenure, Black Sabbath released “Heaven & Hell” (1980) and “Mob Rules” (1981). By 1982, Dio was ready to strike out on his own. He launched his solo career with “Holy Diver” in 1983, followed by “The Last in Line” (1984) and “Sacred Heart” (1985). “Master of the Moon,” Dio’s tenth and final studio album, was released in 2004. In 2006, Dio founded the band Heaven & Hell with Tony Iommi, ex-bandmate from Black Sabbath.
Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2009, from which he died the following year.