Concert Previews: Get nostalgic with a hologram tour and One Night in Memphis tribute 

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For many of us, there’s still something a bit odd about the concept of watching deceased musicians recreate their music live onstage, particularly in spectral form. But in the seven-year aftermath of Tupac’s ghostly performance at Coachella, much of the shock and awe has faded, replaced by the comforting notion that it’s not just the music that can achieve immortality, but also the musicians themselves.

Witness the current Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Hologram Tour, which features eerily lifelike projections of the two legendary artists who took rock ‘n’ roll in a more genteel direction than wildmen like Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Both will perform full sets — backed by living, breathing musicians — at their upcoming Pikes Peak Center concert. That means you can see and hear a spectral Roy Orbison performing signature hits like “Only the Lonely,” “Crying” and, of course, “Oh, Pretty Woman,” as well as the reconstituted Buddy Holly tackling favorites like “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “La Bamba.”

Recent performances have also found the Orbison hologram covering Jerry Lee Lewis’ “High School Confidential” and Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel,” which is weirdly coincidental, given the fact that the spirits of Elvis and Jerry Lee themselves — along with those of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash — are also en route to Colorado in a more corporeal form.

The One Night in Memphis tribute tour will feature flesh-and-blood musicians recreating the 1956 “Million Dollar Quartet” session, which found the four rockabilly pioneers going into a recording studio together, gathering around a single microphone, and proceeding to make rock ‘n’ roll history.


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