Let's call it the day the music... rose from the dead.
We're of course talking about Oct. 17. That's when Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly, two of rock 'n' roll's most notably dead early stars, will appear with a living live band at Mystic Lake Casino -- in g-g-g-ghostly hologram form! Tickets ($35) go on sale Friday via Mystic's box office and website.
Holly, along with fellow rockers Ritchie Valens and J. P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, infamously shed his mortal coil at just 22 in a 1959 Iowa plane crash -- aka the Day the Music Died. His many hits include "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," "Peggy Sue," and "Rave On." Orbison scored loads of hits in the '60s ("Oh, Pretty Woman," "Running Scared," "Crying") before slumping, re-emerging with supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and eventually dying of a heart attack in 1988 at 52.
"How beyond cool and special that these two great friends now get to tour the world together," Roy Orbison Jr. tells Rolling Stone. Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, is also on board, telling RS: "Their long-time fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting."
The rock legends' hologram likenesses were created by L.A.'s BASE Hologram Distribution, whose CEO predicts that the technology is an "industry game-changer." BASE also produces touring performances starring Maria Callas, dinosaurs, and, soon (too soon?), Whitney Houston.
In our current tech dystopia, hologram performers are becoming a marketable niche in the concert industry. The pixelated visage of metal god Ronnie James Dio ushered Minnesota into this spooky era just last week at Myth in Maplewood. Star Tribune critic Chris Riemenschneider seemed intrigued by the gimmick but, ultimately, gave the experience a gentle panning.
"Minnesota’s inaugural hologram rock show was hardly a success," he writes in his Dio-gram review. "Despite a decent buzz for the tour, the 3,500-capacity venue was about three-quarters empty... The novelty of the show never gave way to a more authentic rock-concert experience, and the weirdness of seeing a 3-D Dio back from the Great Beyond never went away."
Here's a taste of hologram Roy from his 2018 solo tour:
And here are the upcoming Holly/Orbison combo dates:
September 19, 2019 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
September 20, 2019 – Redding, CA @ Redding Civic Auditorium
September 21, 2019 – Stockton, CA @ Bob Hope Theatre
September 24, 2019 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
September 25, 2019 – Hanford, CA @ Fox Theatre
September 26, 2019 – Santa Barbara, CA @ The Granada Theatre
September 27, 2019 – Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theater
September 28, 2019 – Bakersfield, CA @ Majestic Fox Theater
September 30, 2019 – Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
October 1 – San Diego, CA @ TBD
October 3 – Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Music Hall
October 4 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
October 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Popejoy Hall
October 7 – Ft. Collins, CO @ The Lincoln Center
October 8 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
October 9 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center
October 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater
October 11 – Helena, MT @ Helena Civic Center
October 12 – Missoula, MT @ Dennison Theatre
October 14 – Boise, ID @ Morrison Center
October 17 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino – Mystic Showroom
October 20 – Catoosa, OK @ The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
October 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
October 22 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Paramount Theatre
October 23 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
October 24 – Peoria, IL @ Civic Center
October 25 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
October 27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Hall
October 28 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
October 29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
October 30 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
November 1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
November 2 – Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
November 3 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 4 – Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 6 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
November 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
November 9 – Raleigh, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
November 10 – Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
November 12 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
November 13 – North Bethesda, MD @ The Music Center at Strathmore
November 15 – Albany, NY @ The Egg – Center for the Performing Arts
November 16 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Shubert Theatre
November 17 – Rochester, NY @ Auditorium Theatre
November 19 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Concert Hall
November 20 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall