Roy Orbison, Who Died in 1988, to Headline New Tour as a Hologram
Orbison died of a heart attack at age 52.
The legendary Roy Orbison is making a musical comeback from beyond the grave, taking the stage as a hologram.
Orbison was 52 years old when he died of a heart attack in 1988, but now, a digital recreation of the “Pretty Woman” singer will be accompanied by a live orchestra and headline a nationwide tour.
Everything about the hologram looks lifelike including Orbison’s poses, his guitar strumming style and even the fringe of his jacket.
It took nine months to create the lifelike hologram of the late singer and thanks to the technology, fans can see the digital Orbison on a 28-city tour that began this week in Los Angeles.
Four years ago, a Michael Jackson hologram caused a stir at the Billboard Music Awards.
The Orbison hologram merges a body double, motion capture technology and the “Only the Lonely” singer’s own voice to create an entirely new and unique concert experience.
“We pride ourselves for being authentic," Marty Tudor of Base Hologram, who is behind the Orbison recreation, told Inside Edition.
Tudor added: “We looked at every single Roy Orbison piece of film every photo, every movement was analyzed. We were very involved with making sure the hologram looked perfect — literally how the glasses sit on the face.”
The singer’s son, Alex, couldn't be more thrilled with the tribute to his father.
“I just started crying and I’m like, ‘Oh man, here I am crying,’ and then I look next to me and the person next to me started crying," he told Inside Edition.
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