During an appearance on the podcast called ’80s Glam Metalcast, former Dio guitarist Tracy ‘G’ Grijalva has shared his thoughts about the ongoing hologram tour of Ronnie James Dio.
While talking about Ronnie’s hologram our, Tracy G. said that the hologram tour looked creepy for him and like a puppet. He also stated that it will be weird.
Here’s what Tracy said:
“I don’t know about that, man. I just don’t know about it. It looks creepy to me, ’cause it’s not [Ronnie]. It looks like a puppet. It’s cool to keep his music alive and all that jazz.
What little I’ve seen, it looks weird to me, and I just don’t know if he’d be a big fan of it. People say different things, and it’s all hearsay. I knew the guy for six years, and what I knew about him, I can’t see him looking at that and going, ‘Bitching.’
It’s just weird, man. And anyway, I’m not here to put down anybody, but… Craig Goldy doing all the guitars and Simon Wright doing all the drums… I love Simon Wright; he’s a great AC/DC drummer.
The drummer for DIO is Vinny [Appice] – he’s the drummer that has the feel for DIO. Simon doesn’t have the same feel. He’s a great drummer, great guy. He’ll probably even say the same thing – he doesn’t have the same feel.
No drummer has the same feel; all drummers play different. Vinny is one of the greatest -he plays meat and potatoes, but with a feel – he has the feel that’s worth everything. Vinny is not just a metronome.”
“I know they’re playing along with Ronnie’s voice, but the music’s real stiff… It’s just, like, ‘Oh, man.’ It doesn’t have that feel.
I met the bass player guy that plays bass for that. He told me a couple of the tracks they do – I think ‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Don’t Talk To Strangers’ or something – they stole from my era; meaning, they stole Ronnie’s vocals from when I was playing with him.
And he’s singing – the hologram is singing it – but then they’re playing the song; they’re following Ronnie. So, I was, like, ‘That’s pretty cool.’
They thought out of everything that they listened to, that Ronnie sang ‘Heaven and Hell’ a thousand times, from the Dio-era Black Sabbath, they thought his best performance, a couple of those songs, was from my era – when I was playing with him. So that made me feel kind of good. I was, like, ‘Well, that’s cool.’
To sum up what I think of the whole hologram thing – I don’t know. I’ve gotta just say I don’t know. I’m not sure.”
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