Amy Winehouse's father reveals late singer is to return to the stage as a hologram

11:10 • 13.10.18



Fans of late singer Amy Winehouse will be able to see her on concert stages again as a hologram, her father has revealed.


The British singer's untimely death in 2011 at the age of  27 shook the music world.


But now, producers hope to take a concert featuring a hologram of the singer around the world for three years, according to the Daily Mail. 


The Winehouse hologram will be projected on stage in front of a live band that will accompany the voice from her original recordings.


Mitch Winehouse said all of the money the family receives from the show will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was established after her death to help young people suffering with substance abuse and other challenges. 


“Fans have been clamoring for something new from Amy, but really there isn't anything new' in terms of music, Mr Winehouse said in an interview. 


“We felt this would be a tremendous way for Amy both to revisit her fans through a hologram, and also an incredible way to raise money for our foundation.”


The show, expected to debut in 2019, will be created by the same company that has produced hologram tours for 1960s crooner Roy Orbison and opera singer Maria Callas.


Seen as one of the most talented singers of her generation, Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at her London home. 


The singer, known for hits such as “Rehab” and “Back to Black,” had struggled with drinking and drug problems throughout much of her career.


The idea of bringing back deceased stars via hologram gained momentum after a three-dimensional image of rapper Tupac Shakur thrilled the crowd at California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2012. 


But the practice has stirred debate, with some stars objecting to posthumous digital creations.


The Orbison hologram has played 15 dates in Europe and is currently on a US tour of more than 20 cities. 


At a recent show in Los Angeles, the audience applauded and sang along to hits including “Pretty Woman.” The hologram thanked the audience after the applause, and turned to nod to the live orchestra.


Mr Winehouse said he was impressed after seeing the Orbison hologram, though he wanted to make sure the company behind it, BASE Hologram, could capture his daughter's style. 


The Orbison reproduction stands in front of a microphone throughout the show, as he typically did when he was alive, while Amy danced and moved around the stage.


The Winehouse family will have final approval over the show.


o create the hologram, BASE will hire an actress to mimic Winehouse's stage movements and will complete the image with prosthetics and computer-generated imagery, according to BASE Hologram Chief Executive Brian Becker. 


The technology does allow the projection to move across the stage, he said.


"We will do the best we can in terms of honoring her legacy," Becker said. "This is a celebration."


The show will likely last between 75 minutes and 110 minutes, Becker said.

Mr Winehouse acknowledged it may be difficult for him to watch the hologram, but said he believed his daughter would approve, particularly because it will help her namesake charity.


“Her legacy is not just about music now,” he said. “Her legacy is about something else. Her legacy is about helping young people.” 

 

A new three-dimensional hologram revealed on Wednesday brings Ronald Reagan back to life in a $1.5 million exhibit at the late president's namesake library in Southern California; In one scene in the display, Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car during a 1984 campaign stop (shown)

 

 





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