Now that Tupac, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley have been immortalized via the hologram – a technology that creates lifelike three-dimensional images – it’s likely more deceased musicians will soon “perform live,” as well. Although it’s admittedly a bit creepy, here are five dead musicians we want to see resurrected as holograms. Who do you want to see given the hologram treatment?
Jimi Hendrix left the world far too soon, leaving an endless number of guitarists and music fans without their guitar icon. While every seasoned guitarist knows Jimi’s work, a younger generation may only know the basics, having never experienced his flaming, blues-infused guitar style. It’s definitely an experience worth recreating.
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Decades after his tragic death, John Lennon’s messages of philanthropy and peace live on, and his songs still touch the hearts of music fans everywhere. Not only did Lennon become one of the most popular musicians in the world with the Beatles in the ‘60s, but he also enjoyed a bold solo career after the Beatles era. As one of the greatest popular musicians ever, Lennon deserves the hologram experience.
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Johnny Cash’s classic storytelling and raspy baritone are the heart of country music. Whether crooning songs of love, tunes of heartbreak or spirituals, Cash’s thick, gruff voice magnified every note and somehow gave it more importance, from his early work in the ‘50s to his social commentary in the ‘60s to his final recordings. Who better to bring back to life as a hologram than the Man in Black?
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Kurt Cobain and Nirvana sparked a zeitgeist with 1991’s Nevermind and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Then, with a swift gunshot, it all ended. Cobain took his own life on April 5, 1994, leaving an entire generation confused, heartbroken and without their musical leader. Seeing Cobain back as a hologram would be a thrill for the millions of Nirvana fans who never had the chance to see the pioneering grunge band live.
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Although the world lost legendary guitar guru Les Paul on August 12, 2009, his legacy lives on through his guitars that are played by millions of musicians each day. Everyone from Slash to Joe Perry to Jimmy Page has gushed about the unrivaled Les Paul guitar, so why not bring back the man who started it all?
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