Please Don’t Stop the Music


While I’m sure each and every one of us has a favorite artist that has passed away, it is the comfort and reassurance that we can always listen to their songs even after their death that gives us the strength to overcome this loss. It is a blessing that music never truly dies, but unfortunately this is not the case for live concerts. Or so we thought.

Holograms have been actively talked of since the we can remember, but it seems like there has never been a major use for them in the eye of the public. While we have all dreamed of holograms being used as they are in Star Wars, the idea of their use in the music industry is revolutionary in its own right.


A Special Guest Performance

With how many artists have passed away and stopped performing in concerts, there are billions of people around the world who will never have the opportunity to see their favorite artists performing live. This is why at Coachella Music Festival 2012, the whole world was buzzing with the treat the festival had in store for its attendees. Famous hip-hop artist and actor Tupac Shakur was incredibly famous before he tragically passed away in 1996. Suddenly, he was on stage performing in front of thousands of screaming fans in one of the most memorable moments in music history. This, of course, was a hologram of the favorite rapper who was certainly not expected to make an appearance. While there was some who were questionable and thrown off by this performance, the general consensus was that this was an incredible surprise and an amazing show.


Shows in the past had used holograms, but not in this way on a stage this huge. The overwhelming majority of feedback was positive, so the thought remains: Should their be a series of concerts of past musicians using holograms? This sounds like a long shot, but hear me out. What if millions of other people around the world wanted to also see 2Pac perform? If a tour was put together by 2pac’s family and musical representatives would it sell tickets? Could this type of technology be used to create other musicians and even complete bands on stage? The answer to all these questions in my opinion, is yes.

“Gone Too Soon” Tour

This is an absolutely masterful use of technology that could not only revolutionize the music industry, but entertainment as a whole. Fans would still be exposed to the concert atmosphere, state of the art sound quality and affects, and of course the experience of seeing their idols with their own eyes. Obviously there will be technical issues with the music and concert rights of deceased artists’ music, but if these can be worked out the results would be groundbreaking. Concerts would need to be held at capable venues with stages possessing the ability to create these realistic holograms. While this is no small task, most venues already have an impressive set up of lights and affects. Especially when you consider the rapid progression of hologram technology even in just the past five years since the event, this is very possible.

Maybe I am being too optimistic or forward with this idea, but I do not believe I have misplaced my faith in technology and the music industry. Fans would certainly pay to see artists such as 2Pac, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Elvis, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Biggie Smalls, among other marvelous artists who have passed too soon. In my opinion, this is the perfect example of advanced technology, digital humanities, and a demanding market mixing together to form the perfect blend of entertainment.

Prince Albert mural, Brighton



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