Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly being brought back to life


Buddy Holly, died 3 February 1959, is the latest icon to get the hologram treatment. Pic: Wikimedia Commons/Brunswick Records

The late rock ‘n’ roll icons will tour the UK as holograms – the experience being described as “truly special”

Most music fans of a certain age wish they were alive to scream at The Beatles, be moved by Nina Simone or rock the Kasbah with Joe Strummer and The Clash. Thanks to modern technology your favourite musicians are reanimating as holograms, as dead musicians take to the stage once more.

So far Tupac, Michael Jackson and Ronnie Dio have already been brought back to life and there have been talks to do the same with Amy Winehouse and Frank Zappa. But this year it’s the turn of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly to embark on a joint tour.

Base Hologram is the company behind this creative spectacle coming to the UK in October. Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour will feature a live band and back-up singers, and while this isn’t the first time Orbison has performed live posthumously, it is a first for Buddy Holly.

For those of you doubting the pair’s relevance in 2019, they have nearly three million Facebook followers and five million monthly listeners on Spotify, plus the 16 platinum albums, 19 gold albums and 10 Grammy Awards between them.

The full tour schedule is below:

October 2019
7 – 3 Arena, Dublin
8 – Waterfront Hall, Belfast
10 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
11 – Apollo, Manchester
12 – M&S Arena 2, Liverpool
13 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
14 – Bonus Arena, Hull
16 – Armadillo, Glasgow
17 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham
18 – International Centre, Bournemouth
21 – Royal Centre, Nottingham
22 – Brighton Centre, Brighton
23 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
24 – Hammersmith Apollo, London

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