Surely no one on their death bed has ever said “I wish there were more pop-star holograms.” The live music industry, on the other hand, cannot get enough of them.
A holographic Roy Orbison, the rock and roll legend with the operatic voice and sunglasses, recently completed a sold-out 16-date European tour, with accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Now comes word that Abba, the only Swedish band that matters apart from Blue Swede (you know, the one-hit-wonders responsible for that “ooga-cha-cha” chant in the creepy dancing baby video), has reunited to record new music and move forward with a tour featuring holographic avatars of Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid.
And then, of course, there’s virtual Tupac and God knows how many other avatars who are still patiently waiting in the wings.
But can any of them truly compete with Hatsune Miku, the animated J-Pop star who skipped the whole "this mortal coil" thing entirely? Of course not, and here’s live concert footage to prove it: