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Amy Winehouse hologram to start touring in 2019

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Holograms are weird. Frankly, we’re still not over that Will.i.am thing. Nevertheless, the public’s desire to watch a translucent avatar play their favorite songs persists, with crowds flocking to a recent tour headlined by a Roy Orbison hologram. The next star to get the treatment? Late singer Amy Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.

Winehouse’s father, Mitch, is working with BASE Hologram, the same company that produced the Orbison hologram (and one for opera singer Maria Callas). According to Reuters, the resulting show is expected to debut sometime in 2019 and tour the world for three years. BASE says an actress will mimic Winehouse’s onstage movements with the aid of prosthetics and CGI, and the original recordings of her vocals will accompany a live band. The Winehouse family has final approval over the show.

“Fans have been clamoring for something new from Amy, but really there isn’t anything new,” Mitch Winehouse said, referring to a lack of new music from Amy outside of one recently resurfaced demo. “We felt this would be a tremendous way for Amy both to revisit her fans through a hologram, and also an incredible way to raise money for our foundation.”


As he says, all of the money the Winehouse family receives will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aids young people dealing with substance abuse. For this reason, Mitch Winehouse says his daughter would approve of the spectacle. “Her legacy is not just about music now,” he said. “Her legacy is about something else. Her legacy is about helping young people.”

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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