DIO Returns, a separate entity to the DIO Disciples, is the tour which features the Ronnie James Dio hologram. That the tour was conceived, proved to be a contentious decision. Its certainly an innovative idea and a couple of bars into King of Rock and Roll I was hooked.
That Ronnie James Dio is an colossal icon in Metal history is without doubt. The man possessed a truly unique voice – instantly recognisable – and contributed to some of the genres most respected vinyl releases. The band were tight and played with aplomb covering earlier Dio, Rainbow and Sabbath songs and it was a quality memorial evening.
From a technical point of view, I had a photo pass as thus went armed with the Fuji X-T1 (50mm lens) and X-T2 (55-200mm) which was a great experience. I was restricted to only shoot from the back of the packed venue. Lucky I had the foresight to bring a small step ladder.
It was the first outing with the X-T2 and the first real go with the 55-200mm, both of which performed well. Hopefully I'll get the chance for another shoot with these guys in 2018.