10 Most Wanted Rockstar Holograms

A new poll has seen classic rock fans vote for which artist they'd like to see on stage with the latest hologram technology.

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The Tupac hologram at Coachella this year was a remarkable technical achievement. But does it mean we'll see other classic performers come back from the dead to perform live?

The makers of the hologram at Musion Technology have already said they'd like to bring back Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and even Michael Jackson.

While we're not completely opposed to the concept, there's something a little uncomfortable about using an artist's image on stage when they can't ever give consent.

But that doesn't mean we can't all have fun thinking about which artists we'd like a chance to see live.

That's exactly what the readers of Classic Rock did when they voted for which rock legend they'd like to see on stage one more time.

So who did they vote for, and do you agree with their choices?

10. Keith Moon

Keith was the banzai beatsmith for The Who, until he overdosed on 32 tablets of clomethiazole mixed with alcohol. Could a hologram possibly recreate his wild performance style? Probably not.

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09. Jim Morrison

The Doors frontman joined the so-called "27 Club" when he died from a heroin overdose, but no autopsy was performed to prove it.

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08. John Bonham

Even a hologram couldn't drink as much as the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, but if they can recreate his mighty moustache and mane of hair, we'd love to see Bonham rock out. It's just a shame that it wouldn't techincally his own beats behind the performance.

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07. Rory Gallagher

The Irish bandleader was an icon in the 1960s when he led his band Taste. After selling 30 million records worldwide, he received a liver transplant in 1995 but died soon after.

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06. Bon Scott

The original AC/DC frontman is regarded as one of the greatest frontman of all time. A night of hard partying in London in 1980 led to his demise, but the band soon released "Back In Black" as a tribute to Scott. It went on to be one of the best selling albums of all time.

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05. Gary Moore

Moore played alongside acts including Thin Lizzy, Skid Row and George Harrison while developed a successful solo career. An established session musician, Moore died from a heart attack in his sleep a little over a year ago in February 2011.

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04. Phil Lynott

The founding member of Thin Lizzy didn't just write the classic hit "The Boys Are Back In Town". Alongside his music career, which included stints in Grand Slam and Skid Row, he released books of poetry and has been recognised with a brass statue in Dublin, Ireland.

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03. Ronnie James Dio

Now this is a great idea for a hologram revival. Dio is one of the most distinctive heavy metal performers of all time thanks to his consistently powerful voice, and is credited with inventing the "metal horn" hand sign. One of his final recordings was a song called "Metal Will Never Die", but sadly he did just that in May 2010.

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02. Freddie Mercury

Maybe a hologram is the only way to solve Queen's problem of finding new singers. Last year, Brian May said he wanted Lady Gaga to join the band, but this year they recruited Adam Lambert from American Idol as the frontman for a Sonisphere performance - which was later cancelled. If the hologram makers can pull it off properly, a proper Queen reunion could be a commercial and historic success.

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01. Jimi Hendrix

What is left to say about one of the best known guitarists in history? The renown performer has often been cited as a candidate for a hologram revival since the Tupac performance two weeks ago, but there's a problem. Jimi's band was called the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and that experience included Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. Call us fussy, but in this case, a hologram might never recreate the real Hendrix experience.

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It looks like the Classic Rock readers who voted in this poll have great taste.

Who would you like to see revived in digital form - or is the whole concept just as bad for live music as auto-tuning? Let us know in the comments.

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    joshuahughes34 wrote: Maybe a hologram of Axl Rose that actually wants to play with the original band..
    maybe steal another joke from the last hologram article
    Nope. Let them ****in' RIP. I would not waste my money to go to a concert and see a virtual image of someone that died 40 years ago being manipulated in the backstage, while I can just sit here, in my home, and listen to all the amazing records these musicians made.
    Make a Bin Laden one so i can shoot paintballs at it and stuff..
    amac535 wrote: cbabb7 wrote: Make a Bin Laden one so i can shoot paintballs at it and stuff.. The paintballs will go through it genius
    Worldonfire91 wrote: How about no holograms period.
    If everyone had this attitude then Princess Leia would never have got that message to Ben Kenobi, the Rebellion would never have destroyed the Death Star and THEN where would we be, huh?
    haygoe wrote: What the FUCK wheres dimebag
    We already went over this yesterday, you stupid troll. Anyway, this is a sad day in music if people are actually considering this.
    Well, the Olympics committee DID request that Keith Moon play in the opening ceremonies. Maybe they'll get him after all...
    It's just a shame that it wouldn't techincally his own beats behind the performance.
    Umm, I think you accidentally your sentence, UG.
    really getting sick of all this hologram shit...pretty disprespectful trying to make money off of someone elses talent
    If I really, really, REALLY wanted to watch a deceased artist, and a live album or dvd won't do, I'd watch a decent tribute act. If the artist was truely great then there will be one. I'd rather see a real person who's dedicated themselves to recreating the magic of an deceased rock god than what is essentially a massive telly in an over priced arena. Might as well watch a live DVD if your going to watch a hologram band!
    Why don't we just dig them all out of the ground and rape them while we're at it? How creepy it is to exploit dead people like this. If you want to relive a dead musicians work, listen to the albums they spent months of their time making .. not turn them into some creepy puppet with a backing track.
    fede01_8 wrote: What about Chuck Berry!
    He's still alive. Aside that, looking at how many people don't want this. If holograms of all these musicians start popping up and nobody wants to see them. Doesn't that prove the whole thing will be a flop?
    Its not even a hologram, after reading these articles I did some research, this was just a video image they were blasting onto a piece of mylar plastic or whatever composite they chose to use. Same idea as a projection screen television. Place the crowd far enough away and it gives the perception of a hologram. Good marketing technique but not really a hologram. Let the dead rest in peace, there is no reason for people to make money of there likeness.
    Paddy McK
    It's just a glorified music video played to existing recordings then? Could be a cool spectacle but it's barely different to them just showing a video
    The thing with holograms is that it isn't the artist behind the performance, it's just CGI and old music clips. It's just a way of making money. As a one-off thing with Tupac it was cool but trying to "resurrect" rock icons is disrespectful
    it just wouldn't/couldn't be right.it really seems like a selfish quest to garner money. the artist never gave permission to to these things.the past is the past.if you did not go to see a performer than too bad.support whats happening now.whats next crazy F@#*s sitting at home all day playing house with holograms of there diciest love ones,driving them self more mad by the moment. technology is awesome but sometimes we play with fire.
    Give it 10 years and living artists will broadcast global concerts this way from a studio somewhere. I am now convinced that androids DO dream of electric sheep.
    I have a great idea: save the $250 to see a hollagram and just youtube your favorite inactive/deceased musician now.
    My personal top 5 list of who I'd like to see as a hologram: 1. Nobody. 2. Nobody. 3. Nobody. 4. Nobody. 5. Nobody. Add more "nobody" as needed for my top 10, top 20, top 100 and top 2000.
    spiff-corgi wrote: If everyone had this attitude then Princess Leia would never have got that message to Ben Kenobi, the Rebellion would never have destroyed the Death Star and THEN where would we be, huh?
    HAHA, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away!
    How do you get a hologram musician? Singer/Rapper, I get it. But as much as I love Bonham and Moon and Gallagher, it would be strange.