Orbison, who died in 1988, is on tour as a hologram, performing with a live orchestra.
UPDATE: I was just talking to Irony Curtain and the subject of this concert series came up. He said, “it’s neither cool nor creepy. The thing that I found stupid is that it’s not Roy Orbison. It’s a body double.”
I didn’t know that and immediately I could not stop laughing.
Why in the world would you make a hologram of someone else as Roy Orbison? Why not just have the guy out on the stage lip-synching? The hologram seems like an unnecessary step.
Of course we began riffing on a possible television commercial —>
(Typical New Yorker woman) “It was amazing. It was as if his body double was right there in the room with me.”
“Squinting a little helped the illusion. Then it felt exactly like I was at a Roy Orbison concert, with macular degeneration.”
The best reason for this concert tour being a hologram, that we can think of, is that they don’t have to pay the fake Roy Orbison more than once.
Cool or Creepy? Neither. It’s Cheapy.
With the close-up picture I can clearly see this is not Roy Orbison.
Some people have commented on social media that they find the whole idea to be morbid and creepy; I went into it with an open mind and thought well, if it does turn out to be a bit creepy it is near Halloween so this is also probably the closest I’ll get to actually seeing a ghost.
When the show started and the hologram of Orbison rose up out of the stage it looked incredible; there were a lot of audible gasps in the room above the sound of the live orchestra playing “Only The Lonely” along with the recorded singing voice of Orbison matched up with the hologram. It is an amazing visual effect and it felt like an actual resurrection for a moment. It didn’t seem too morbid or creepy to me; it felt more like some cool yet slightly weird show you would see at Disney World, or perhaps more accurately a big Las Vegas casino.
There were several other little touches that added to the coolness of it all, such as the Orbison hologram turning his back to the audience before a song would start like he was interacting with the live orchestra.
Now what would be really cool is if someone can come up with the technology that allows you to play something like this in your living room at home.