Freddie Mercury, the voice behind the legendary rock powerhouse Queen, may have passed away in 1991, but that’s not stopping him from performing with his band one more time. Brian May, guitarist extraordinaire, has revealed that Mercury will be performing at Monday’s (May 14th) 10th anniversary production of the musical “We Will Rock You”. However, don’t call it a hologram. Instead, Mercury will be performing as an “optical illusion”.
This news comes hot on the heels of the holographic return of fallen rapper 2Pac at this year’s Coachella music festival, a performance that May claims is a little unfortunate.
“It’s a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we’ve been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while,” May explained to the BBC. “[That technique] is something we’ve looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it’s not really quite practical.”
In other Queen news, it’s been reported that director Stephen Frears will direct the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, which finds funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen in the lead role. Cohen’s involvement with the picture was confirmed way back in 2010, though it was only recently announced that the “High Fidelity” filmmaker would helm the project.
Excited about Freddie Mercury posthumous return to the stage? Good to hear. Twitter users, however, seem to be divided on the announcement. A selection of their excitement has been sliced and served up below.
#Freddie Mercury makes a digital apparance. If it was Limp Biskit, I certainly wouldCertainly won’t be throwing bottles of piss on stage if
They brought back Tupac to make some cash, now Freddie Mercury? Where does profit go when they bring back dead performers?
@VICEUK said about how #holograms will ruin music is true (http://t.co/IET35GtK) starting w/ Queen & Freddie Merc http://t.co/iqxLcn01What