ABBA-tars back for vir­tual tour

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

ABBA are plan­ning to tour Aus­tralia — as holo­grams or ABBA-tars.

The iconic pop band is be­ing dig­i­tally recre­ated as avatars for a 2019 vir­tual re­al­ity world tour — that will likely see them back on stage at Aus­tralian are­nas.

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 said. “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 pitched to them by Idol cre­ator Si­mon Fuller.

The holo­grams will be based on how they looked in 1979.

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