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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.

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