Base Hologram was scheduled to bring a world tour celebrating rock legend Amy Winehouse to the states this year, however, due to “some unique challenges and sensitivities” during the development of the show, the tour will be pushed off for the time being.
The tour was set to debut in late 2019 and celebrate the work and life of the Grammy-award winning late singer, who died in 2011 at 27-years-old.
“BASE Hologram is committed to remembering Amy Winehouse and her legacy in the most celebratory and respectful way possible,” the company said in a statement. “In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we have encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities.
“Therefore, we are putting the tour on hold until we determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy at its highest caliber.”
In an additional statement provided to Billboard, BASE said that sometimes developing something like this is highly ambitious and “we encounter some unique challenges and sensitivities that cause us to take a step back,” noting that the creativity needed “does not necessarily follow a schedule.”
“And that’s what happened with Amy Winehouse, we promised to celebrate her life in the most respectful way possible – as we did with Roy Orbison and Maria Callas – and to ensure we keep that promise we are putting the tour on hold while we plot out a creatively spectacular production fitting of her remarkable career,” BASE chairman and CEO Brian Becker said.
Winehouse’s father Mitch announced the tour last October and said all funds will go toward the foundation in Amy’s name. He said the tour is a “dream for us” and he “really can’t put into words” how he feels to be able to see Amy perform live again. However, fans weren’t too keen on the idea, expressing that Mitch was “exploiting the star” and “tarnishing her legacy.”
It is unknown at this time whether or not the Amy Winehouse Hologram tour will resume development or when the tour will begin.