Technology has done many great things for the music industry, and now with the use of holograms, fans have been able to enjoy performances from some of music's biggest names long after their deaths. The latest are early rockers Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly.
A previously announced hologram tour featuring Orbison and Holly, called "The Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour," will hit the road this fall, including stops in Kansas City, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins. Tickets for select shows go on sale this Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. local time right here on AXS. AXS Premium seating is also available.
The concerts will feature a live backing band and backup singers with remastered audio of the two icons' greatest hits. Demos of Holly's hologram show the singer in a bright-blue suit with his signature thick-framed glasses, a look from 1957, just two years before his death.
"This was when Buddy was in his prime, where he was on top of the charts and charming audiences across the country with his catchy tracks and trademark ‘geek chic’ look," said Brian Becker, the CEO of BASE, the company behind the holograms. "In fact, one of the things that really makes this particular hologram tour stand out is that a new generation of fans will finally get to see what Buddy Holly really looked like."
A tour last year featured Orbison, and pairing it with a hologram of Holly makes sense to Orbison's son.
"My father’s music meant the world to not just us Orbison’s but to millions of fans worldwide," Roy Orbison Jr. said in a statement. "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,” said Roy Orbison, Jr., President of Roy Orbison Music. “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."
Holly was killed in a plane crash in 1959, along with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson. Holly was just 22, but despite his young age and short career, he left an undeniable mark on music.
Orbison died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 52 and is known for such hits as "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Only the Lonely." He was also a member of supergroup The Travelling Wilburys.
The full tour schedule is as follows.
Sept. 19 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
Sept. 20 – Redding, CA – Redding Civic Auditorium
Sept. 21 – Stockton, CA – Bob Hope Theatre
Sept. 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Sept. 25 – Hanford, CA – Fox Theatre
Sept. 26 – Santa Barbara, CA – The Granada Theatre
Sept. 27 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theater
Sept. 28 – Bakersfield, CA – Majestic Fox Theater
Sept. 30 – Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
Oct. 1 – San Diego, CA – TBD
Oct. 3 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
Oct. 4 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
Oct. 6 – Albuquerque, NM – Popejoy Hall
Oct. 7 – Ft. Collins, CO – The Lincoln Center (Tickets)
Oct. 8 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre (Tickets)
Oct. 9 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center (Tickets)
Oct. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater
Oct. 11 – Helena, MT – Helena Civic Center
Oct. 12 – Missoula, MT – Dennison Theatre
Oct. 14 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center
Oct. 17 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino – Mystic Showroom
Oct. 20 – Catoosa, OK – The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Oct. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater (Tickets)
Oct. 22 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
Oct. 23 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
Oct. 24 – Peoria, IL – Civic Center
Oct. 25 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 27 – Grand Rapids, MI – Devos Hall
Oct. 28 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
Oct. 29 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Oct. 30 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace
Nov. 1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Tickets)
Nov. 2 – Melbourne, FL – Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 3 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (Tickets)
Nov. 4 – Sarasota, FL – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Tickets)
Nov. 6 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre (Tickets)
Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall (Tickets)
Nov. 9 – Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 10 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
Nov. 12 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
Nov. 13 – North Bethesda, MD – The Music Center at Strathmore
Nov. 15 – Albany, NY – The Egg – Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 16 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Nov. 17 – Rochester, NY – Auditorium Theatre