Michael Jackson May Tour with Jackson 5

Michael Jackson May Tour with Jackson 5

What Other Dead Musicians Should Do Hologram Concerts?

After a hologram of Tupac Shakur appeared on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at Coachella, people thought that Michael Jackson could pop up next to his musical brothers at this summer’s Unity Tour. Michael’s older brother, Jackie, fueled the rumor when he told E!, “Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

 “As a matter of fact, we had that idea two years ago for Michael’s Cirque du Soleil show,” he said.

The surviving members of the Jackson 5 — Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Tito — will be launching their summer tour June 18 at the Palace Theater in Louisville, KY, performing such favorite oldies as “ABC” and “I’ll Be There.”

A life-like image of Michael Jackson moonwalking would be guaranteed to grab a lot of media attention. But why stop there?

Here are some other out-of-commission musicians who could spring back to life on the concert stage:

Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse: These two members of the Forever 27 club struggled with substance abuse during their too-short lives, but as holograms they could form a Simon and Garfunkelesque duo. The bluesy divas could harmonize on such classics as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Rehab” or even serve as back-up singers for Adele or Lady Gaga.

John Lennon: Now pushing 70, we think Sir Paul McCartney could make his On the Run concert tour even more successful with his mate John Lennon beside him on stage. Can you imagine? Talk about a magical mystery tour! Even better, we could finally get our Beatles reunion if we reel in Ringo and have a hologram George Harrison jam with his beloved mop-tops.

Elvis Presley: Who needs Elvis imitators when a digital king can gyrate on stage with today’s country legends? American Idol champ Scotty McCreery could make millions touring with his musical hero.

Of course, not everyone is thrilled with the idea of dead musicians revisiting earth on the concert stage. “[T]he reanimated dead are never the people they were before,” wrote a skeptical writer for the New York Times.

“Oh, they sing the same, and rap the same, and have the same distinctive tattoos and hand gestures,” he added. “But they don’t have the complexity, or the humanity, to really compel our interest. They’re ghosts – ghosts in a new machine, perhaps – but at best they are no more than the shadow of the shadows that they cast upon us, back when they were alive.”

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