If you are Roy Orbison fan, you’ll have a chance to see him again on the stage, at least as a hologram. Orbison, nicknamed “the Caruso of Rock”, died of a heart attack in 1988. Now, 30 years later, a 3D projection technology will take Orbison in holographic form and his songs on tour across the UK in 2018. It is the same technology that previously brought us holograms of Tupac and Michael Jackson. It will be a 10-date tour, and Orbison’s hologram will be backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
“My dad was one of the first people to combine rock and roll with orchestral sound, so to see the full meal deal of having the big orchestra with my dad is really a dream set-up.” – said Orbison’s son, Alex.
Danny Betesh, Orbison’s collaborator and promoter from the 1960s said the idea of bringing back Roy Orbison as a hologram is exciting.
“It’s immensely exciting to see Roy back on the stage in such a modern and creative way. His music never went away and now fans can enjoy seeing the live show and hearing all those much-loved songs.”
Roy Orbison was known for his specific way of singing as well as complex, emotional and sometimes dark songs. He had numerous huge hits, which are popular even today, and include “In Dreams,” “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.” During his career, Orbison experimented with numerous genres including country, pop, rockabilly and rock and roll. He was also one of the co-founders of the band Traveling Wilburys which featured George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. Ranking the “Greatest Artists of All Time”, Rolling Stone magazine placed him at the 37th spot.