Imagine meeting your favorite celebrity icon for the very first time. I am certain that you were in complete awe, overtaken by a plethora of feelings that were difficult to formulate into comprehensive words. You may have been nervous, excited, surprised, or even emotionless. Whichever the case, it was probably one of the most memorable experience of your entire life.
Now imagine if you could relive that moment again, except this time, viewing your beloved performer in holographic form. Does it sound a bit disturbing, or would you take the opportunity to check out the show to see what the buzz was all about? Well, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a “live” performance by ancient celebrity Marilyn Monroe recently was scheduled to take place. With the help of the newest advancement in holographic technology, the deceased celebrity will appear in a concert titled “Virtual Marilyn Live – A Musical Celebration of the Birth of the Pop Icon.” The concert, which has yet to secure a date and venue, is said to launch a new career of virtual Marilyn, as "a performer, spokesperson, cultural pundit and computer avatar," according to Becky Altringer, managing director and co-founder of Digieon Media, the company doing the planning.
Will the use of holographic technology be the hype of the future? After all, it can be put to extraordinary use. Based on the Hollywood Reporter magazine, when Tupac Shakur took the stage in holographic form at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, fans reveled in the music of the deceased celebrity’s return from the dead, and Shakur was back on the Billboard charts for the first time since 2000. Since then however, there has been much debate in regards to the financial and legal repercussions from utilizing technology to resurrect legendary artists on stage, as well as who may be next.
Will the music industry decide to bring back the King of Pop sometime in the near future or how about the legendary rock and roll fanatic Elvis Presley? Only time will tell, as this holographic explosion in technology continues to develop, but in the meantime, the Monroe project seems to be underway and is said to take place before the year’s end. They may be no diamonds, but it will certainly be close enough.
Edited by Jamie Epstein