Roy Orbison is ready to rock from beyond the grave.
A hologram of the late singer-songwriter is preparing to hit the road, and the production company behind the high-tech concert released a preview of the performance Wednesday.
“In Dreams” no more: Fans will have the chance to catch a Roy Orbison hologram performing live in 2018.
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“In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert” features an estate-approved hologram of Orbison — who died at age 52 of a heart attack in 1988 — performing hits like “Oh, Pretty Woman” backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Last year, a hologram tour produced by Hologram USA was nixed by Orbison’s sons after the company failed to meet a deadline to make a prototype of their father’s digital ghost.
Stars gone too soon
Orbison’s new hologram was created by BASE Entertainment, which specializes in Las Vegas productions, via their BASE Hologram venture.
The company is also producing a similar tour featuring a hologram of the late soprano Maria Callas, who died of a heart attack at age 53 in 1977.
Rapper Snoop Dogg (left) and a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur perform onstage at Coachella in 2012.
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Holograms have been a hot commodity for the live concert industry in recent years, but production companies have mostly failed to deliver tours featuring stars like Tupac, Whitney Houston, Frank Zappa, Selena, Liberace and more.
In a statement, Bob Ringe, BASE Hologram Distribution CEO, called the Orbison tour “the first worldwide hologram tour ever of an iconic superstar of this variety.”
A Whitney Houston hologram performs with Christina Aguilera on “The Voice” in 2016.
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The show has booked several UK dates in April, and is expected to play U.S. venues in the fall.