The “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” is coming. Back-up singers and musicians will be onstage with hologram images of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. Audience members will hear remastered recordings of the late stars.
The tour kicks off September 19th in San Francisco and concludes November 20th in Toronto. On October 25 there’s a tour stop scheduled at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison.
“THESE TWO MEN…DEFINED THE GENRE OF ROCK AND ROLL, FROM WRITING TO RECORDING TO THE STANDARD BAND CONFIGURATION, AND THEY INFLUENCED EVERYONE FROM ELVIS TO THE BEATLES.”
Brian Becker, Chairman and CEO of BASE Hologram
Orbison, who died of a heart attack at age 52 in 1988, landed nine songs — including “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “Crying” — in the Top 10 of Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart.
Holly, who died in a plane crash at age 22 in 1959, was known for songs such as “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “Not Fade Away.”
“My father’s music meant the world to not just us Orbison’s but to millions of fans worldwide,” he said. “Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience,” said Roy Orbison, Jr., President of Roy Orbison Music. “Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.”
Here’s how Orbison will look.
Now the non-hologram Orbison.
He wrote this song that was released on the album “Mystery Girl” a few months after he died in December 1988 of a heart attack. The single reached #9 in the US.
The Diamond Awards Festival in Antwerp, Belgium on November 19, 1988, 17 days before his death…