George Harrison’s widow Olivia has ruled out ever reviving the Beatles legend’s image with an onstage hologram, insisting she wouldn’t be able to “handle” seeing it.
After last month’s (Apr.12) hologram at the Coachella festival in California of 2-Pac ‘performing’ with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, there has been talk of holograms being part of performances by both Queen and Free (at the 2012 London Olympics). Queen did have a hologram of Freddie Mercury at the 10th anniversary of the ‘We Will Rock You’ stage production in the UK, but I have not found any footage of it online. The 2-Pac headline-grabbing performance sparked much debate about the possibilities of bringing back other dead music legends – but Fab Four star Harrison’s wife has ruled out the chance of a Beatles reunion. She tells the latest issue of Mojo magazine, “No, I don’t think I could handle that. I think that would be unkind and unfair to him too. He needs to be where he is, y’know (sic) – I’m sure he’s occupied.”
Thank god! I hope we can rule out there ever being a Beatles reunion with the hologram of George or John!
The stage production of the Beatles-themed ‘Backbeat, based on the 1994 movie about Stu Sutcliffe and his life with the Beatles. will be getting its U.S. debut in Los Angeles before making it to New York.
‘Backbeat’ is set for a Jan. 16 – Feb. 24 run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. ‘Backbeat’ has already enjoyed a well-received response when it played on London’s West End from fall 2010 into early 2011.
Before the L.A. shows, ‘Backbeat’ is scheduled to run July 21-Sept. 2 in Toronto, Canada at the city’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.
‘Backbeat’ is expected to include a number of the songs the Beatles covered while performing in Liverpool and Hamburg such as ‘Long Tall Sally,’ ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘Good Golly Miss Molly,’ ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.’ Casting for the Los Angeles production is currently taking place. We’ll give you more details as they become available.