Whitney Houston, a world-renowned artist, is set to go on tour some eight years after her tragic death.
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Even though Whitney Houston passed on eight years ago, the legend is going on tour, posthumously.
According to Hotnewhiphop, the holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that begins in England on February 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates expected to follow.
“It’s just the right time,” said Pat Houston, sister-in-law of the singer, former manager and executor of her estate, who is producing the show in collaboration with BASE Hologram.
The concert set includes most of her greatest hits—”How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love For You,” “I Will Always Love You, “along with some surprise rarities, including a cover of Steve Winwood’s” Higher Love “that Houston first released three decades ago.
The series, which was first created five years ago, used a double body with hundreds of hours of Houston performances and extensive CGI synthesizing.
We created the hologram the same way they did Carrie Fisher did in the’ Star Wars ‘ movie’ Rogue One,’ “said Marty Tudor, CEO of BASE Hologram, who has also resurrected versions of deceased singers like Roy Orbison and Maria Callas. “It’s long, it’s tedious, it’s a huge, complicated process, but I think it worked.” The ambitious performance is the humble brainchild of Whitney Houston herself, at least in one way.
“This is something she wanted to do,” Pat Houston said after a media preview of the series. “I get to watch this very emotionally, because it’s so close to what she wanted. The only thing missing is her, physically.”
The limits are more evident as the concert goes on, with the projection beam noticeable and Houston’s movements minimal, but those shortcomings are unlikely to bother the hardcore fans the tour is likely to draw.
Houston has never been one for complex choreography or dramatic movements, and her simple gestures— a chirping jaw on long-held notes, flickering fingers for vocal blooms — are all captured here.
“Whitney didn’t dance a lot, but when she did her little dances, they were so beautifully Whitney,” said Fatima Robinson, who choreographed the show. “In her videos, we did a lot of analyzing her actions.
However, the show also features a lot of dancing, including four backup dancers and two moving backup singers, all of whom periodically communicate with the hologram.
This is not the first time a posthumous tour has occurred. It was observed as 2Pac Shakur’s hologram graced the stage for Coachella in 2012.