Hologram USA, the company that created the much-discussed Tupac Shakur hologram for Coachella 2012, have announced a partnership with Patsy Cline’s estate for the first hologram tour featuring a country icon. Billboard reports that Cline hologram will be just one component of an interactive concert format launching in 2016 that will include “performance, commentary and audience interaction.”
The CEO of Hologram USA, Alki David, addressed the company’s decision to make Cline their first female hologram and first country musician:
We debuted our hologram technology to the Country music world with Jimmy Kimmel at the Country Music Awards. Now Patsy Cline will demonstrate how we can bring all the warmth and virtuosity of a true icon back for new audiences. We chose Patsy as our first Country hologram project, and our first female hologram project, for a reason: she was a pioneer who influenced generations of singers around the globe.
Cline’s widower Charles Dick also issued a statement about the hologram:
We are very glad to share Patsy and her music with this new technology and format and honored by Hologram USA’s choice to have her as the first. I am sure her fans, old and new, will be thrilled.
Cline tragically died in a plane crash in 1963. Her biggest hits include “Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy” and “I Fall To Pieces,” which will all be included in the show. She was the first female musician to be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and was also a major crossover artist from country into the mainstream charts in the ’60s.