Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth frontman Tim Owens had a recent talk with Everblack podcast and revealed his ideas about Dio’s hologram tour, and said that he would go and see Elvis Presley and David Bowie’s hologram tours.
Here is his statement:
“Every project is different, every band is different. The difference with this from anything else is we were already here. We already toured together. We hung out together, we were jamming together. The first two songs we had written, ‘The Distance’ and I think it was ‘Here’s To Us’, we played them live in Russia, so everything was kind of a little bit different. We knew how to get the best of each other because we were already hanging out together. Even though I recorded it in my studio in Ohio and Keri was out in the Orange County area in California, I think it just made it different to work on
I’ll tell you what: The songs were just great to sing. Keri would send some of these songs and some of them had some vocal ideas, some of them didn’t. Everything he would send was just great. It just brought the best out of me. It was fun. Catchy, melodic things that stuck in your head and that’s what made it fun to do.”
He stated that Wendy Dio spent bazillion dollars on the DIO hologram, here is what he said:
“It’s with Ronnie‘s band. Ronnie and I were friends and knowing this company [Eyellusion] decided to try to do this idea. Listen, people don’t like the idea. It’s kind of funny, yet people all went and saw the Queen movie [‘Bohemian Rhapsody’] where somebody is acting on somebody else who is dead. I don’t get the concept. People are, like, ‘People are going to make money from it.’ First of all, people make money from anything; that’s what you do. Second of all, Wendy Dio [Ronnie James Dio‘s widow and manager, and a member of the Eyellusion team] spent a bazillion dollars just trying to make fans happy with this thing. She’s not made a dime yet. She’s lost a lot of money just trying to make fans happy. It’s a great idea. For me, I’m doing it because I’m friends with Ronnie. I’m going to go out and sing a couple of songs — Oni Logan [LYNCH MOB] and I — with the band.
The hologram will do the same. [Ronnie‘s] vocals are from the live version and the band is playing live. It’s pretty cool. It’s really cool, actually. Then I’m going to come out and sing a couple of songs, then Oni will sing a couple of songs and the hologram will do some more. It’s a big show. For me, nobody’s done it. Whether people like it or not, I get everybody who doesn’t like it probably didn’t see, like I said, the Queen movie. Somebody’s made money from that, I guess. It’s going to be neat. Here’s the thing, I look at it as this: If they would make a David Bowie hologram, I would go see it.
If they made an Elvis [Presley] hologram, I’d go see it. I’d go see it because, first of all, I never saw Elvis and I never saw David Bowie. I’d want to go see how this thing is, the curiosity. I love the artists and I would love to see the show. I’m just doing it as a fan who is jumping in on something that is new.”
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