ABBA are planning to tour Australia — as holograms, or ABBA-tars.
The ’70s pop superstars are being digitally recreated as avatars for a 2019 virtual reality world tour.
The hi-tech tour would be the first of its kind, with holograms usually reserved for dead musicians.
“It’s perfect,” ABBA’s Benny Andersson told the Sunday Herald Sun.
“We can be on stage while I’m home walking the dogs. I don’t have to leave my house. If this really works there’ll be a lot of artists wanting to do the same thing, even artists who are still young and still touring. It’s a very interesting project.”
All four members of ABBA are involved, being digitally “cast” for the virtual reality tour, which was an idea ABBA-tars will be projected in front of an actual live band.
“It’ll be like you’re in 1977, with a live band, live backing vocals, a great set design with lights and sound, everything will be like a live concert,” he said. “But we’ll be there in the form of holograms and digital avatars. Our voices will be taken from the records, or maybe some of the live vocals from the Australian tour of 1977. If you’re sitting in the arena you’ll see us up there. It’s quite exciting.”
Hologram tours by the likes of Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Michael Hutchence have long been rumoured as technology improves, but ABBA would be the first time major artists who are still alive are able to “tour” without leaving home.