As holograms become more prevalent in today’s ever-changing world, artists have the ability to tour together even after they’ve passed. This fall, rock legends Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly will embark on a North American and European trek as holograms.
The “Rock N’ Roll Dream Tour” will begin in Ireland and and run throughout the month of October in the
UK, making stops in cities like Dublin, Cardiff, Glasgow, Nottingham, and London. At this time, North American dates have not been announced but are set to take place at the same time as the European shows. The concert, which is supposed to run between 75 and 90 minutes, will entail “remastered audio from both legends alongside a live band and back up singers,” the tour’s official website notes.
BASE Hologram is behind the Rock N’ Roll Dream Tour, the same company that was supposed to bring the late Amy Winehouse on tour this year but had to postpone due to “challenges and sensitivities.” While fans were not so happy with Mitch Winehouse’s decision to bring Amy’s music back onstage through a hologram, he said he would be honored to see his daughter singing onstage again. Similarly, Roy Orbison Jr. loves the idea that he is going to be able to see his father’s music live.
“My father’s music meant the world to not just us Orbison’s but to millions of fans worldwide,” Orbinson Jr. told Rolling Stone. “Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience. Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.”
Additionally, Holly’s wife Maria Elena noted that both Buddy and Roy shared “a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant songwriting abilities.”
However, many Orbison and Holly fans have similar mixed reactions as Winehouse’s fans did. While some are excited to see the musicians in action again, others are worried that having deceased musicians as holograms crosses a line of respect.
Check out the full list of European tour dates below, and look out for North American show announcements soon.
Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Hologram Tour 2019
10/07 – Dublin, IE @ 3 Arena
10/08 – Belfast, UK @ Waterfront Hall
10/10 – Newcastle, UK @ Utilita Arena
10/11 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
10/12 – Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena
10/13 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
10/14 – Hull, UK @ Bonus Arena
10/16 – Glasgow, UK @ Sec Armadillo
10/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Resorts World Arena
10/18 – Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre
10/21 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
10/22 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
10/23 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
10/24 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo