Patsy Cline to Return as Hologram
Published Jun 22, 2015Though the great Patsy Cline passed away over 50 years ago, country music fans will have the chance to see a hologram version of her perform in concert next year. The artist's estate has confirmed that she'll be revived as a 3D hologram for an upcoming tour.
Billboard reports that Hologram USA, the same company that brought the Tupac Shakur hologram to Coachella crowds in 2012, has used its technology to bring back the "Crazy" singer.
Though a routing has yet to be announced, Hologram USA CEO Alki David noted that the upcoming production "will demonstrate how we can bring all the warmth and virtuosity of a true icon back for new audiences." Apparently, this will come via a tour that will include a performance, commentary and audience interaction.
He added, "We chose Patsy as our first Country hologram project, and our first female hologram project, for a reason: she was a pioneer who influenced generations of singers around the globe."
Cline's widower, Charles Dick, has approved of the tour, adding in a statement of his own: "We are very glad to share Patsy and her music with this new technology and format and honored by Hologram USA's choice to have her as the first. I am sure her fans, old and new, will be thrilled."
Cline became a star in the late 1950s, crossing over from the country music scene into the pop world via a string of hits that included "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You" and her iconic recording of Willie Nelson's "Crazy," from 1962. She died the following year in a plane crash. Cline was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973.
Cline joins a growing list of 3D likenesses that includes Tupac Shakur and Ol' Dirty Bastard, while Hologram USA also have plans to use their "celebrity resurrection" technology on Liberace and Buddy Holly.
The company also has plans to start a Hologram Comedy Club in a partnership with the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY.