If you had the opportunity attend the concert of any deceased performer brought back to life, who would you choose and how much would you pay?

If the same performer performed as a hologram would you pay to see him or her? And, if so, how much would you pay?

Years ago, the television program "Star Trek: The Next Generation" featured several characters portrayed as holograms, including the show's on-board physician. In more recent years, dead singers like rapper Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson have appeared on musical shows as lifelike images.

And recently deceased singer Natalie Cole recreated her father with a projected video and the duo together sang his 1951 chart-topping “Unforgettable” in 1992. The duo’s version also topped the charts.


Concerts for the return of the dead

Now the genre of holographic music is about to go national and perhaps international. Simon Fuller, the talent manager responsible for the reality television show “American Idol,” will in the next 18 months, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, debut his holographic concert tour concept

The star of the first concert? Who else? The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley.

Fuller’s Company, Pulse Evolution Corp., two years ago acquired the rights to create a virtual Elvis. The company, based in St. Lucie, Fla., has a lot more planned. But it’s not revealing the names any additional deceased performers it hopes to resurrect in holographic concerts.

Would you pay to see Jimi Hendrix?

Fuller revealed one additional concept. He’s developing a fictional artist he would present in holographic concerts.

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If the plans materialize, many questions loom:

1. How much would the public be willing to play for holographic performance of Jimi Hendrix?

2. Would rock bands consider playing if a former band member or members joined living members? Would the Grateful Dead play, for example, with a hologram of Jerry Garcia on stage? How about Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr playing with holograms of John Lennon and George Harrison?

3. Could a hologram be “programmed” to make new music?

4. How could the public not attending concerts watch the performances in home theaters or a newer version of smart TVs?

One further thought: Maybe holographic music is simply a bad idea. The legends of our favorite performers will remain with us based on how they made us feel when they performed while alive. Isn't that the best way?