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LED ZEPPELIN Was Asked To Do ABBA-Style Avatar Show, Says JIMMY PAGE

The surviving members of LED ZEPPELIN have been approached with the concept of staging an ABBA-style digital avatar present, guitarist Jimmy Web pagehas revealed.

On the annual Welsh literature occasion the Hay Competition on Thursday (June 2), Web page stated that he and his bandmates have been requested to do “that type of factor,” referring to the “ABBA Voyage” digital live performance residency launched final week by the Swedish pop group ABBA. Nonetheless, the mission “did not actually get shifting,” the 78-year-old guitarist added, as a result of he and singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones could not agree. He additionally spoke positively about Elvis Presley‘s hologram efficiency. “I wager that was good, however I did not see it,” he stated.

ABBA‘s digital present sees the 4 members of the group — Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — became digital “ABBAtars”. The digital efficiency, which opened final Friday (Might 27) within the custom-built ABBA Enviornment in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, took over a billion hours of processing time to finish, and the members of ABBA spent 5 hours a day in entrance of 160 motion-capture items over the course of a month.

Hologram world excursions have beforehand been introduced, however by no means come to fruition. In 2015, there was speak that Whitney Houston would go on the highway in holographic type, however a leak of a duet with Christina Aguilera, which prompt the hologram was less than scratch, led to the withdrawal of the Houston hologram by her property.

Final 12 months, Christopher Dalston, a reserving agent at Inventive Artists Company (CAA),revealed to Rolling Stone that he was as soon as approached with the concept of “an AC/DC hologram of Bon Scott,” referring to the band’s singer who died in 1980. Though he did not say which hologram firm approached him, Dalston added: “We requested ourselves, ‘Can we wish to signify one thing with Bon Scott?’ And it simply wasn’t proper for us at that time. It is a very private factor to the teams. … You must watch out what you do there. AC/DC continues to be a really present band with Brian Johnson singing.”

Ronnie James Dio‘s spouse and supervisor Wendy Dio, who’s affiliated with Eyellusion, the corporate that created a hologram of the late heavy steel singer, stated in a 2017 interview that it was solely a matter of time earlier than different rock legends returned to life by way of holograms, the three-dimensional gentle projections which have opened new frontiers for the stay music and different industries. “Completely,” she stated. “I feel the corporate that we’re working with is speaking to a variety of totally different individuals. And I feel it is the way in which of the longer term. It is like individuals have been, ‘Ooooh…’ when the eight-track got here out, ‘Ooooh, what’s this?’ After which cassette. ‘Oooh, what’s this?’ And digital, ‘What’s this? Oh, we do not wanna try this. We solely need analog. We do not need digital.’ However you realize what? It is expertise. And in addition, we’re shedding our legends day-to-day; we’re shedding the innovators of steel and laborious rock music; we’re shedding ’em daily. What are we gonna do? I do not see a variety of bands coming as much as take their place.”

The Dio hologram made its debut on the Wacken Open Air pageant in August 2016 in entrance of greater than 75,000 followers. The hologram manufacturing used audio of Ronnie‘s stay performances from all through his profession, with the DIO band enjoying stay, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, together with Bjorn Englen on bass. Additionally showing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens and LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.

After the “Dio Returns” tour’s preliminary seven-date run was accomplished in December 2017, Ronnie‘s hologram underwent some adjustments earlier than the launch of the 2019 leg of the trek, which happened in Might and June of that 12 months.

Two former DIO guitarists have publicly expressed their doubts in regards to the Ronnie James Dio hologram. In December 2019, Tracy “G” Grijalva, who performed for DIO from 1993 by way of 1999, stated that the hologram “appears to be like creepy” and resembles “a puppet.” 9 months earlier, Doug Aldrich, who was in DIO between 2002 and 2006, advised XS Rock that “Ronnie would in all probability not” just like the hologram. “He would in all probability be, like, ‘This isn’t what I signed up for.’ A hologram? It is not likely what he would wish to be. I am simply guessing, you realize, that it is one thing that Wendy thought of and he or she determined that Ronnie can be nice with it. However I knew Ronnie nicely sufficient to know that he was very explicit and he would like for them to let him simply die and be in peace.”

In 2020, TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, who toured with Ronnie on two separate events a decade and a half aside — in 1992 when Dio fronted BLACK SABBATH and once more in 2008 when Ronnie was the singer of SABBATH offshoot band HEAVEN & HELL — provided his opinion on the Dio hologram on Twitter, writing: “I do not consider in these hologram reveals. It might be one factor if the artist was nonetheless alive, selected to not tour for no matter purpose, gave his or her approval & perhaps even had a hand within the course of. However Dio had no say.” Skolnick additionally added a thumbs-down emoji as a method of voicing his disapproval.

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman stated in a 2016 interview that he had combined emotions about concert events that includes the Dio hologram. He said in regards to the prospect of seeing a holographic model of Ronnie: “It makes me unhappy. I am all the time completely happy to listen to any music from anyone that is left us, that we have misplaced. However I do not know… The hologram factor, to me, it virtually is not letting the useless be useless.” He added, “It simply appears bizarre… Is there a distinction between a hologram and a man dressing up like Ronnie James and doing it?”

Final 12 months, Wendy stated that she determined to drag the plug on the Dio hologram as a result of she “wished to see actual Ronnie.” Talking about how her response to the hologram developed over time, she advised the “Hangin’ & Bangin’: Artists On Lockdown” on-line present: “After I first noticed it, I cried. Then I acquired used to it as a result of it wasn’t Ronnie. After which we took it out [on tour]. The primary [version] was not that good. The second was quite a bit higher. However I made a decision that I do not wanna do it anymore; I made a decision I would like actual Ronnie. So we’re engaged on a stage with the DIO band, which will probably be going out [later in 2022]. As an alternative of getting a hologram, it’s going to have movie of Ronnie with the stay band enjoying and with particular results and all the pieces else. So that is what we’re engaged on. We’re engaged on it with Paul Dexter [who was Ronnie‘s lighting designer and stage designer for years] and a bunch of different individuals. And in addition the Eyellusion individuals, who did do the hologram, are doing a bunch of particular results for us with it.”

Wendy continued: “I by no means say by no means [about bringing back the hologram], however expertise will get totally different daily, daily, daily. And I simply determined that I wished to see actual Ronnie. … QUEEN does [something similar, using footage of Freddie Mercury]. Ours will probably be a bit of bit totally different to that as a result of we’ve got all these nice results, 3D results. It is virtually like going into — what’s that trip at Disneyland, once you undergo, and it is like a 3D impact? That is what we’re engaged on proper now.”

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