Patsy Cline hologram planned for debut in 2016
A California company is bringing the world into the future by presenting the past. On Monday, Hologram USA announced it has partnered with the estate of Patsy Cline to create a hologram of the late artist.
Planned for a 2016 debut, the hologram will be a part of a full concert experience that will also feature commentary, audience interaction and live performances from current artists.
JudySue Huyett Kempf, executive director of the Patsy Cline Historic House in Winchester, said she is “very excited about another first for our hometown girl.” Cline spent her early years in Winchester before moving on to pursue a recording career.
“This is yet another step for her — a huge leap in music history. I’m so glad that modern technology has brought this type of program to the forefront to allow a whole new generation to witness a magnanimous star,” Huyett Kempf said.
The company digitally resurrected rapper Tupac Shakur for a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2012. In November 2014, Jimmy Kimmel appeared via Hologram USA’s technology at the Country Music Awards.
“Patsy Cline will demonstrate how we can bring all the warmth and virtuosity of a true icon back for new audiences,” stated Hologram USA CEO Alki David in the release. “We chose Patsy as our first Country hologram project, and our first female hologram project, for a reason: she was a pioneer who influenced generations of singers around the globe.”
Cline, of Winchester, rose to prominence in the early 1960s and is known for hits such as “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.” She was one of the first country stars to cross over into the pop charts. She died in an airplane crash in 1963 and since her death, she has become a local and national icon. The Patsy Cline Historic House was opened in 2012 at the location of her former home at 608 S. Kent St. in Winchester.
Cline’s widower Charles Dick said in a statement, “We are very glad to share Patsy and her music with this new technology and format and honored by Hologram USA’s choice to have her as the first. I am sure her fans, old and new, will be thrilled.”
The Internet-based television provider FilmOn Networks will broadcast the show online via its ETV.com pay-per-view platform and the content will be distributed digitally through MondoTunes. Hologram USA, FilmOn and MondoTunes are owned by the Anakando Media Group.
Along with Cline, Hologram USA has announced plans for hologram concerts of the late artists Liberace, Ray Charles and Buddy Holly. The company also is working with the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, to produce holographic versions of iconic comedians.
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