Roy Orbison, 30 years gone, will tour as a hologram

Roy Orbison will return to concert stages across the country this fall — despite having died 30 years ago.

The iconic early rock ‘n’ roll crooner, best known for hits such as 1960’s “Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)” and 1964’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” in addition to his late-1980s work with supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, died in 1988 at the age of 52.

But this fall, a hologram of Orbison will tour North America.

BASE Hologram has revealed the intiial North American itinerary for “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour.”

The virtual version of Orbison will perform a 16-song spectacular, accompanied by a live orchestra, for a 28-date tour staring Monday, Oct. 1 at Oakland, California’s Fox Theatre, according to a news release.

“In Dreams” – Roy Orbison in Concert during The Hologram
“In Dreams” – Roy Orbison in Concert during The Hologram UK Tour with Alex Orbison at Eventim Apollo on April 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for BASE Holograms)

“Our goal for this type of show is not just to play in major metropolitan cities, but to bring this experience to a variety of markets, regardless of size,” Brian Becker, founder and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram, said in a statement. “Roy loved playing smaller more intimate venues because he loved having that type of connection with fans.

“We also want to give fans across the globe the unique opportunity to once again experience the legend who continues to be a pivotal force in rock ’n’ roll music and ensure that people in every city, in every type of venue, have a chance to witness what we truly believe is the future of live entertainment.”

Orbison is the latest in a line of deceased musicians who have returned to the stage in holographic form. A hologram of Elvis Presley performed on “American Idol” in 2007, 40 years after his death.

Likewise, a hologram of Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996, surprised the Coachella crowd in 2012, and Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, appeared at the Billboard Music Awards as a hologram in 2014.