As much as I keep joking (“Okay, guys, it’s totally a thing now! This is hilarious and stupid!”) about the whole turning-dead-musicians-into-holograms thing, the truth is, I’ve kept hope alive (even though being alive is so out this year. Zing!) that maybe it’snota “thing”, and that each new announcement of yet another deceased legend being re-animated through science, lights, and a total lack of respect will, in fact, be the last.
But I’m really giving up the ghost now. It’s a thing. Life just got super lamer.
More details via NME:
Holograms of deceased Doors frontman Jim Morrison and rock icon Jimi Hendrix are currently being developed.
The use of holograms in live performance has been a big talking point ever since Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg brought the hologram of Tupac onstage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, with the likes of Elvis Pressley, Marvin Gaye and even Justin Bieber discussed as popstars who could be in line to become holograms.
Speaking to Billboard, Jeff Jampol, who manages the estate of former Doors singer Morrison, said that he’s been looking into the idea of creating a ”3D” Morrison for nearly a decade, and hopes to create a multimedia experience featuring The Doors.
He said of this: “Hopefully, ‘Jim Morrison’ will be able to walk right up to you, look you in the eye, sing right at you and then turn around and walk away.”
Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie meanwhile has been a little more guarded in her comments about creating a hologram of her brother, but is known to have been working with a London-based company called Musion Systems to create a virtual version of the guitar legend.
Speaking about this, Janie, who is also CEO of ‘Experience Hendrix’ said: “For us, of course, it’s about keeping Jimi authentically correct. There are no absolutes at this point.”