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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. Dave Simpson of The Guardian was unequivocal in his two-star review of Houston’s recent “performance” in Liverpool, musing that “…if you close your eyes you can bask in the late star’s magnificent voice, but open them and this jerky simulacrum is unsettling. ‘Come arrnn Whitney,’ someone yells, bizarrely, while the dead star’s impassioned cries of ‘no matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity’ jar awkwardly with the sense of a ghoulish cash in.”
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. 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?
Whitney Houston’s hologram performing “Greatest Love of All” on “This Morning.”
The singer’s hologram will embark on a new tour beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25th. pic.twitter.com/JeNYquXIeS
— Pop Crave (@PopCraveMusic) February 19, 2020
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.