The BBC and american NBC will broadcast an ABBA tribute show where the abba-avatars will perform for the first time. It broadcasts in the autumn of 2018 and include guest performances from other artists. ABBA will perform 1 song as holograms/avatars. According to Bjorn, 6-9 months after the performance on NBC, they will go on tour.
I have no ideas yet. I haven't watched the full video so I'm not sure. Could you give a hint?
I can almost guarantee it´s going to be "I´m a Marionette" - both girls trade lines in the song which is almost a must for the broadcast and it´s quite tongue in cheek since they actually are Avatars on stage or "Marionettes".
Their big hits will probably be performed by the guest artists so this hidden Gem can be brought to light and what a great piece of music/drama it is. I think it´s going to be spectacular. Just imagine the irony of the video below being performed by actual "Marionettes".
Roy Orbison is the first artist who can be seen on tour in hologram form, 30 years after his death:
Michael Jackson "performed" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, also in holographic form:
Looks like they used a dead celeb's head over a projected physical lookalike to make it look fluid and human-ish. Surely I think the technology knows better than that one pony trick?
On the other note, Maria Callas' about to have a hologram treatment as well. If it works on Maria, it may as well work for Frida as a solo act, who doesn't, with a firm mind, want to go back to live performance. The management could set up Hologram Frida to dress in the exact dress from the Frida ensam cover and engage into a "belated Frida Ensam tour" or "a Belated Frida goes Solo".
I have tried to have an open mind for the ABBA-tar concept, but I'm just not feeling this. At all. I can imagine maybe paying $15 to see something like this in a movie theater. But given the live band setting, they are clearly targeting theaters or arenas with this tour, which completely disinterests me. I actually find it rather sad that "live" performance has come to this - that it is all pre-programmed with no potential for mistakes or spontaneity. Perhaps I would be a smidge more interested if, say, one or two members of ABBA were actually on stage *live* at some point to give a speech or an introduction - at least then there is some potential for a special, spontaneous moment. But the way it is described thus far seems tantamount to watching a movie. A cynical cash grab that really does nothing to further their musical legacy.
In some ways this reminds me of the Coldplay concert I attended last summer. I tried to enjoy it for what it was. But the entire show (with the exception of a few "unplugged" songs) was built around an orchestra of pre-recorded keyboards and backing vocals. I just could not get past that. I felt like the biggest tool paying all this money to listen to some AV tech playing files from a Mac Airbook.
The ABBATars only interest me as a way for ABBA to carry on being promoted.
However, we have to accept that Technology does change things.
Many people do not like change. I don't.
But, many people will always dislike any changes. They want everything to stay the same.
When CD's replaced Vinyl, there was a big sadness about that.
When Downloads replaced the CD Single, that too made many people unhappy.
Now, Holograms are going to - gradually - replace 'Real' Groups & Artists. That too is making a lot of people unhappy.
However, like all changes, as time goes by, they become normal & accepted.
So will Holograms.
I have many interests besides ABBA & one of them is Politics. I've noticed, for ages, that some of the 'Politicians', that are interviewed on TV, are not really there at all. They are busy elsewhere - and Holograms do the talking on TV! Yes, it is creepy & scary, but, the fact that most people don't realise that they are watching a Hologram, shows how far that technology has come. (Clues are that many Holograms move their eyes in an unnatural way & their mouths can look very strange, as they talk).
A lot of ABBA Fans will flock to see the ABBATars. Many others will not 'get' it, & refuse to go to see them. It is all fine. Freedom of choice.
1)... I'm just nervous in case the ABBATars are 'singing' & the technology goes wrong, so that the vocals suddenly go silent - but the Hologram mouths are still moving! That would really be embarrassing!!!
2)... I wonder if any people will be dumb enough, to try & get the ABBATars Autographs, after the Show!!!?