SIMON WRIGHT Tells About His Experience With DIO’s Hologram

Dio’s hologram doesn’t cease to create controversy. Now it’s Simon Wright, Dio’s drummer, that tells his experience with the hologram. He talked with Billboard magazine:

“It was a little strange at first to see it, but you got used to it. When we play live, I’m off to one side, so I can’t really see it, which is probably a good thing. I’m playing to a click [for the numbers with Dio], so I’ve got to really concentrate on what I’m doing.”

About the hologram being an attempt tp resurrect the dead:

“It’s just basically a screen with an image on it. It’s not voodoo… There’s a lot of work gone into this, and it’s done with respect and love and care. A lot of people never got the chance to meet Ronnie or see him play live, and this is a good way to see him. It’s not him live obviously, but it’s a good show, and it’s all about Ronnie.”

Chad Finnerty, Eyellusion’s director of creative development, said it could take up to a month to prepare each single-song hologram performance.

“We use computer software to digitally sculpt the likeness, and once we get approval on likeness, then we move into all the other phases of the animation,” he said. “I’ve got a team of animators to do one song’s animation start to finish using motion capture and facial capture.”

“The computing power isn’t quite there, or if it is, it’s super, super expensive to do it all in real timeæ One day, it will all be photo-real, and that’ll be pretty amazing. We’ll be able to light it all interactively at the same time as the band is getting lit.”