Freddie Mercury Hologram Being Used for ‘We Will Rock You’ Revival
In a few years, this current hologram trend, used for bringing deceased performers back to the stage, is going to appear innovative or a total farce. But, in the present, the next star to be brought back by hologram is Freddie Mercury. After Tupac Shakur and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Mercury is being virtually revived for the 10th anniversary of West End musical We Will Rock You. This image of the late singer, who died in 1991 at age 45, will not go on tour with Queen, however.
In speaking about adding Mercury’s image to the musical, Brian May said: "People will come out saying, 'Did we actually see Freddie?'"
He then added: "It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while. [That technique] is something we've looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it's not really quite practical."
Not everyone’s totally on board for having Mercury perform this way. Roger Taylor, in fact, has said he will only work with the real performer. He said: “I don't want to appear with a hologram of my dear friend. It's the real one or no hologram for me. But I think it's an amazing effect when used properly -- obviously in darkness."
Queen, on the other hand, continue to perform as an act and, for a full live performance experience, are having Adam Lambert join them on stage for a handful of summer dates.