Holograms of performers who have passed on is nothing new, it began with Tupac at Coachella in 2012, then Michael Jackson performed at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014. Now a holographic Roy Orbison is going on tour. The plan is for the hologram to perform Orbison’s greatest hits with a live orchestra on a world tour which begins in October.
The estate of Roy Orbison, which is managed by his son Alex Orbison, has fully supported the tour telling the CBC that “My dad was one of the first people to combine rock n’ roll with the orchestral sound … I think it’s going to be amazing,” and you will have an opportunity to judge for yourself; because the tour is coming to Toronto. The holographic technology being provided by BASE Hologram.
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Tickets start at just over $60 and reportedly the best view went for $400, though as of the time of this posting the best seats available were just under $100, and if you grab a ticket for the show you can expect to have some mixed reactions from those you tell.
From the moment Tupac stepped onto the stage at Coachella the holographic performers have garnered praise and criticism; some lauding their newfound ability to see a performer live that they may never have and others condemning the performances as little more than a cash grab.
In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour does not pretend to be anything it is not. It will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on November 4th at 8pm.
Image from royorbison.com