Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly holograms are going on tour together

"The Rock 'N' Roll Dream Tour" visits North America and Europe this fall

Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly's hologram Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour dates
Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream Tour

    The year is 2019. Our technology is advanced, but our yearning for yesteryear is stronger than ever. Enter: “The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour”, a joint trek “headlined” by the holograms of music icons Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly.

    The tour will take place in October, running throughout both Europe and North America at the same time. This is possible, of course, because, as history reminds us, neither “headliner” is a living, breathing human. Orbison died in 1988 and Holly passed in 1959 on the now-infamous “Day that Music Died”.

    (Read: The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time)

    Holographic versions of Orbison and Holly are the creation of BASE Hologram, the same company behind the recently postponed Amy Winehouse hologram tour.

    Per the tour’s official website, each “concert experience” will feature “remastered audio from both legends alongside a live band and back up singers.” Running time clocks in somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes.


    Roy Orbison Jr. issued a statement (via Rolling Stone) on the connection between his father and Holly:

    “My father’s music meant the world to not just us Orbison’s but to millions of fans worldwide. Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience. Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.”

    Holly’s wife, Maria Elena, added, “Buddy and Roy were Texans who shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant songwriting abilities.”

    Tickets for “The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dreams Tour” go on sale Friday, March 29th. For more information, head to the tour’s official website, and grab tickets here.

    As of now, only the tour’s European leg has been detailed. Find that itinerary below.

    Update – June 18th: A North American tour will take place this fall.

    Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour 2019 Tour Dates:
    10/07 – Dublin, IE @ 3 Arena
    10/08 – Belfast, UK @ Waterfront Hall
    10/10 – Newcastle, UK @ Utilita Arena
    10/11 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
    10/12 – Liverpool, UK @ M&S Bank Arena
    10/13 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
    10/14 – Hull, UK @ Bonus Arena
    10/16 – Glasgow, UK @ Sec Armadillo
    10/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Resorts World Arena
    10/18 – Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth International Centre
    10/21 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
    10/22 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
    10/23 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
    10/24 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo


    roy orbison buddy holly hologram tour dates

    Previously, Orbison’s hologram hit the road for a solo tour in 2018.

    To own Orbison’s releases on vinyl, swing over here. Holly’s own legendary output, meanwhile, can be found here.

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