Despite being dead, Whitney Houston is set to tour. Yes, the trend of hologram concerts was not killed off by Tupac Shakur at Coachella. Should we just let go, or not?
It seems the lyrics of Whitney Houston are prophetic, in that one’s desire to dance with somebody now extends beyond the grave. Despite having the obvious handicap of not being alive, she is again touring. What a performer.
Clearly not learning the lessons of 2Pac’s post-mortem performance in 2012, one that bankrupted the morals, legacy, and ultimately the company that funded the technology, it seems we’re set to repeat a weird moment in our history when a person of drugs performed with the sentient memory of their dead pal. Ain’t nothing but questionable marketing…awww shit.
It seems that the hologram doppelgangers of dead performers are vogue once again. Proving that you’re doing nothing with your life, Whitney’s wilting corpse has bagged a $7 million deal and will perform “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “The Greatest Love of All,” alongside her original band, and her brother Gary. Which, great. But why Whitney? Homegirl is barely gone, we’ve not had enough time to miss her.
If we’re looking to find blame, or at least a juncture in time to travel back to and eliminate the person responsible, the entirety of this virtual clusterfuck emerged back in 1991, when Natalie Cole performed ‘Unforgettable’ with her dead dad, Nat.
Clearly, nostalgia is a hell of a drug, as technology has allowed the dead to again walk the choruses of yore. Yes, there’s a market for it, and today’s music is garbage, so should we jump in?
Well, the final word should go with the departed in question, as Prince (who was almost a hologram at the 2018 Super Bowl) addressed his own artificial rebirthing back in the early noughties: “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon,” he said. “Also, what they did with that Beatles song , manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave… that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
Come back, sweet Prince…and bring Rick James with you.