Queen is getting into the digital resurrection game, but the band insists it won't be using a hologram to bring Freddie Mercury back on stage. Instead, guitarist Brian May describes the effect as an "optical illusion."
According to May, the band had been working on the idea for quite some time. "It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while," he said.
May was, of course, referring to the late rapper's "performance" at Coachella, where the "Holler If You Hear Me" artist shared the stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. The teams behind the Tupac show used a projection technique which became commonly referred to as a "hologram," though it was actually a 2-D image.
The Tupac "hologram" was a huge hit, with many fans and celebrities taking to Twitter to express their wonderment. Rumors of a Tupac tour quickly surfaced, though Dre would later throw some cold water on the reports.
It's a surprising development for Queen, as drummer Roger Taylor told Billboard in April that he did not want to appear with a hologram of his "dear friend." "It's the real one or no hologram for me. But I think it's an amazing effect when used properly -- obviously in darkness," Taylor said at the time.
Queen plans to unveil the Mercury illusion on May 14th, the 10th anniversary of their musical, "We Will Rock You," which plays in London's West End. The late singer won't be the only big name making an appearance: Robert De Niro is also set to drop in.
"There is a certain person who's coming that's intimately associated with getting the production on in the first place -- our friend Bob from Los Angeles," May said.
The official 'Bohemian Rhapsody' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'. Please favourite/like and subscribe! Lyrics below: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide No escape from reality Open your eyes Look up to the skies and see I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy Because I'm easy come, easy go A little high, little low Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me Mama, just killed a man Put a gun against his head Pulled my trigger, now he's dead Mama, life had just begun But now I've gone and thrown it all away Mama, ooo Didn't mean to make you cry If I'm not back again this time tomorrow Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters Too late, my time has come Sends shivers down my spine Body's aching all the time Goodbye everybody - I've got to go Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth Mama, ooo - (anyway the wind blows) I don't want to die I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all I see a little silhouetto of a man Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo Figaro - magnifico But I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me He's just a poor boy from a poor family Spare him his life from this monstrosity Easy come easy go - will you let me go Bismillah! No - we will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go Will not <b>...</b>
The official 'Don't Stop Me Now' music video. Taken from 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
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The official 'Fat Bottomed Girls' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
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The official 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
Music video by Queen performing Radio Ga Ga. (C) 2003 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive license to Hollywood Records, Inc.
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Music video by Queen performing Killer Queen. (C) 1974 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV
The official 'Liar' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
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The official 'Flash' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 1'.
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