Thanks to technology the Only The Lonely singer is about to perform again on a new world tour, 30 years after his death.
Roy Orbison maintained a celebrated semblance of mystery in an era when that was still possible. Though he reigned over the pop and rock charts in a prolific career that spanned the late 1950s to his untimely death in 1988, Orbison forever remained an enigmatic cat, protected by those cool dark glasses and a generally inscrutable demeanor. Little was known of his personal life, as he was fortunate enough to belong to a time that preceded non-stop social media and the prying eyes of gossip mavens.
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“…Unconvincing holograms will surely be dismissed as a once-seen novelty. The avatars could be most successful where their ghostly quality matches the essence of the performer being disinterred. Roy Orbison, backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will tour the UK next Spring, in a holographic form which promises to be a “transformative live entertainment concert experience.” But there was always something mysterious about the Big O, delivering Only The Lonely in his operatic voice from behind trademark sunglasses…”
The UK and Australian concert dates for Roy Orbison: The Hologram Tour announced last month have proven to be box office dynamite in both markets. Brisk ticket sales have been reported for April 2018 performances in the UK with some venues expanding seating options to accommodate mounting demand. The same holds true for a run of May 2018 dates in Australia.
The tour, produced globally by BASE Hologram, a BASE Entertainment Company, is a first of-its-kind worldwide holographic concert performance by Roy Orbison backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK and by a 30 plus-piece live symphony orchestra in other countries. This transformative concert experience recreates the legendary icon through mind-blowing holographic laser imaging as he performs his digitally remastered greatest hits. Roy Orbison and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have also teamed to record A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, released globally by Sony Music early last month. That album has proven to be a huge seller in the UK where it debuted at #2 on the national album chart and debuted at #8 in Australia.
Danny Betesh, founder and MD of Kennedy Street and UK Promoter of Roy Orbison In Dreams The Hologram UK Tour and who originally promoted shows with Roy in the 1960s said, “I’ve been working with artists and live shows since the 60s and it’s immensely exciting to see Roy back on the stage in such a modern and creative form. His music never went away and now fans can enjoy seeing the live show and hearing all those much loved songs.”
Ralph Carr, managing director of RCM Touring, is honored to be involved with the Roy Orbison Hologram Tour. “It is amazing that this technology is allowing a whole new audience to experience the magic of Roy Orbison performing his legendary songs back on the live stage.”
The dates in Australia represent the first Orbison concerts there since 1972 with robust sales from coast to coast. Additional tour dates have been announced for venues in the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland. The ten UK and five Australian dates announced to date have sold more than 50% of their tickets with some venues virtually sold out with more than four and half months remaining before the curtain goes up. Given the high demand for tickets, an additional tour date is tentative in London for April 19, 2018.
Alex Orbison who, along with his brothers Wesley and Roy Orbison, Jr., runs Roy’s Boys, L.L.C, the Nashville-based company that oversees the legacy of their late father, commented, “Our dad was one of the first people to combine rock and roll with orchestral sound so to see the full real deal of having the big orchestra with our dad’s state of the art hologram is really a dream set up.”
This tour will allow fans old and new to get the chance to experience one of the most iconic and revered figures in the history of music in a spectacular and thrilling new way as Orbison and his trademark three-octave range voice come back to the stage he commanded for decades. Song selection includes “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “You Got It,” “Only The Lonely,” “Crying,” “I Drove All Night,” “It’s Over” and “In Dreams,” (from which the tour’s title is derived) as well as “A Love So Beautiful,” the posthumously released song that is the inspiration for the collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
UK tour dates in April 2018:
08 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
09 – Birmingham – Genting Arena
11 – Manchester – O2 Apollo
12 – Edinburgh – Playhouse
13 – Glasgow – Clyde Auditorium
14 – Leeds – First Direct Arena [SOLD OUT]
16 – Nottingham – Royal Centre
17 – Liverpool – Echo 2
18 – London – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
19 – London – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
20 – Bournemouth – BIC
27 – Belfast – Waterfront Hall
Europe tour dates in April 2018:
22 – Zurich – Halle 622
23 – Amsterdam – Het Concertgebouw
25 – Antwerp – Stadsschouwburg
29 – Dublin – 3 Arena
Australia tour dates in May 2018:
04 – Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
06 – Sydney – ICC Sydney Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney
08 – Melbourne – Hisense Arena
11 – Perth – Perth Arena
13 – Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
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