Fox Theatre to host Roy Orbison hologram concert

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Roy Orbison's hologram will perform at the Fox Theatre Oct. 20.

He’s been dead since Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, but fans can see Roy Orbison on stage as a hologram when “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour” comes to the Fox Theatre on Oct. 20. 

The American singer/songwriter will appear to perform thanks to digital and laser technology and “theatrical stagecraft,” according to a release issued Tuesday. He’ll perform his classic tracks and newly-recorded arrangements of his songs that have not been heard before. 

“This is going to be a milestone moment in the live entertainment space and we are excited to present it to the public where audiences are not simply watching a show, but are drawn into an ultra-realistic experience where fantasy becomes reality by suspending disbelief,” said Brian Becker, Founder & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram in the release.  

Orbison, who died in December 1988 at 52, was named one of the greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He co-founded the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lyne. 

His Top 10 singles include “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “In Dreams,” “Only the Lonely,” “Running Scared” and others. 

“My father had a special transcendent vocal ability that made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock, but that’s what endeared him to his fans,” said Alex Orbison, president of Roy Orbison Music in the release . “For our family it was an amazing emotional experience to see this for the first time and we know audiences worldwide will have the same reaction.”

Hologram concerts have become more popular over the past few years. A hologram of metal legend Dio, who died in 2010, appeared at a German music festival in 2016. 

Tickets to the Oct. 20 Roy Orbison show at Fox Theatre start at $20 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via,, or by calling (800) 745-3000. They can be purchased in person at the Little Caesars Arena box office.

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