Press is latching onto the idea that Queen will bring back Freddie Mercury in hologram form. The band however has denied these rumors—according to Huffington Post, Queen guitarist Brian May claimed that Mercury will return as an “optical illusion” of some sort rather than the hologram technique that was employed at Coachella to resurrect Tupac in concert. May said:
“It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while.”
Apparently to do a tour with a digital Mercury would not be easy using the hologram style technology that was used with Tupac.
“That [technique] is something we’ve looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it’s not really quite practical.”
This news comes as suprising given that drummer Roger Taylor stated the band would never perform with a hologram version of Mercury:
“I don’t want to sit up here with a hologram of my dear friend. Were somebody to use a hologram of Freddie, I don’t think I would have an objection. But I don’t want to. It just didn’t sit too well with me.”
So the question now becomes, would fans rather see a hologram (or optical illusion) of Freddie Mercury or a replacement singer like Adam Lambert who has already performed with Queen?