Roy Orbison has risen from the dead – in hologram form, anyway.
Orbison’s likeness will be featured using 3D projection technology for a 10-date In Dreams tour across the United Kingdom, the Guardian reports. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is backing the effort, which Orbison’s son Alex has called “a dream setup.”
Orbison died in 1988 at age 52. He was a key figure in music for decades, with hits like “In Dreams,” “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.” His signature dark glasses added to his mystique and helped grow his fanbase.
The tour begins April 8 and wraps April 20.
Orbison is the latest artist to be immortalized in a hologram performance. In 2012, Coachella fans were astonished when a holographic Tupac Shakur took the stage. Next month, the late Ronnie James Dio will kick off a world tour alongside musicians who played with him; plans are in the works to animate Frank Zappa.
Other musicians who are still alive are also embracing 3D technology. Holographic members of Swedish group Abba, for instance, are touring in 2019.
“It’s perfect. We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs,” the band’s Benny Andersson told the newspaper.
Tickets for the Orbison holographic tour go on sale Oct. 27 via Ticketline. Sony Music will release the album “A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” on Nov. 3.
The Roy Orbison In Dreams Hologram UK Tour 2018
April 8: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
April 9: Birmingham Genting Arena
April 11: Manchester O2 Apollo
April 12: Edinburgh Playhouse
April 13: Glasgow SEC Armadillo
April 14: Leeds First Direct Arena
April 16: Nottingham Royal Centre
April 17: Liverpool Echo 2
April 18: London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
April 20: Bournemouth BIC