Thirty years after he died, Roy Orbison is going out on tour this fall — in the form of a hologram.
“In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour,” which has already been seen in Europe, will come to North American theaters in October and November. Stops will include BergenPAC in Englewood, Nov. 1; the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Nov. 2; and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Nov. 12.
Live musicians will back the hologram on the tour, which has been approved by Orbison’s estate. Ticket information is not yet available for the three Jersey shows. (Update: Count Basie Center for the Arts tickets go on sale July 27 at noon; visit thebasie.org. Mayo Performing Arts Center tickets go on sale July 27 at 10 a.m. And BergenPAC tickets go on sale Aug. 10 at 11 a.m.)
(Oct. 15 Update: The BergenPAC show has been cancelled.)
According to RollingStone.com, the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo., will host a residency of the show, next year.
According to a review of an April show in Dublin, written by Lauren Murphy, that ran on the web site entertainment.ie, “As Orbison’s hologram emerges from the floor of the stage, there are gasps, followed by disbelieving laughter, followed by cheers. For all intents and purposes, he is standing there in a light grey suit almost thirty years after his death, singing and playing his guitar, even turning and gesturing to the musicians behind him. It’s an astonishing piece of technology, and the orchestra are undeniably wonderful as they sweep through ‘Crying,’ ‘Only the Lonely,’ ‘In Dreams,’ ‘Running Scared’ and an epic ‘It’s Over’ while recordings of Orbison’s unique voice sound as full-bodied and crystalline as anyone can remember.”
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I am all over this one, this will be cool and obviously there is no shortage of dead singers!