Fans of artless dystopian cash-grabs rejoice – as of next year you’ll have the opportunity fork out real money to watch a fake version of tragic chanteuse Amy Winehouse sing the hits at venues around the world.
Harnessing “state-of-the-art proprietary technology” Winehouse will be brought back to life, in her prime, accompanied by a live band, singers and a wealth of “theatrical stagecraft”, according to a press release out yesterday
This new “immersive” venture, which is being put on by BASE Hologram, who currently have Rimmer-from-Red-Dwarf esque avatar of Roy Orbison on the road. It also has the backing of The Amy Winehouse Foundation and the blessing of the Winehouse estate.
“This is a dream for us,” says Amy’s father, Mitch in a statement. “To see her perform again is something special that really can’t be put into words. Our daughter’s music touched the lives of millions of people and it means everything that her legacy will continue in this innovative and groundbreaking way.”
He added that Winehouse family and BASE Hologram are finalising plans “to incorporate fundraising and [an] awareness campaign for The Amy Winehouse Foundation in concert with the worldwide tour”.
Brian Becker, the founder and CEO of BASE Hologram, gushed “Amy was a powerhouse in every sense of the word. She played by her own rules, pioneered her own sense of style of music and because of that we know she is the perfect person to headline this type of project.”
If you literally can’t wait until next year to queue up and watch a projection, next month the rather excellent documentary ‘Amy Winehouse – Back To Black’: will be released (November 4) on DVD and Blu-ray. The package will include a previously unseen live show (An Intimate Evening In London), recorded for friends and family in February 2008, the very same evening the undisputed all-time queen of Camden won five Grammy awards.