Roy Orbison and his classic red Gibson guitar will perform such iconic rock ’n’ roll hits as “Only the Lonely,” “Crying” and “Oh, Pretty Woman” Nov. 18 at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, if only in hologram form, when “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour” makes four Florida stops on its debut swing across North America.
Nearly 30 years after Orbison’s death, the tour produced by Base Hologram also will visit the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on Nov. 16, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers on Nov. 17 and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 19. Tickets will be available at OrbisonInConcert.com.
The laser-projected Orbison, accompanied by a live orchestra, has spent the spring touring Europe, where a reviewer for the Telegraph in London described “audible gasps when the glowing figure of Roy Orbison rose from the bottom of the stage. … But there was also a ripple of laughter. And that, really, was the mood throughout this discombobulating hi-tech show: awe and amusement mixing nostalgic pleasure and incredulous unease.”
Base Hologram, a subsidiary of major Las Vegas show producer Base Entertainment, also has a tour starring holographic Maria Callas. A rival company, Eyellusion, is planning U.S. dates for a tour by a hologram of Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio.
The Orbison show is directed by Eric Schaeffer, best known for Broadway’s “Million Dollar Quartet.”
The singer’s son Alex Orbison, president and co-founder of Roy's Boys, which manages Roy Orbison’s estate, told Billboard the show tries to balance the memories of longtime fans with his desire to introduce Orbison’s music to a new generation.
"It’s important to make sure your core base is happy, but this [tour] is even more for the fans who missed Roy’s shows while he was still alive," Alex Orbison said.