Bonham plans hologram gig with dad

Mike Portnoy Jason Bonham is planning to stage a tour on which he performs a duet with a hologram of late dad John.

His Led Zeppelin Experience shows already feature on-screen images of the pair before the iconic drummer’s death in 1980, with a part of the performance featuring Jason playing along to video recordings of a solo by John.

But now he wants to take it one step further. He tells: “it’s important to me to have something in addition to the music – that was the whole point of it. “It’s imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level. I’m talking to people about holograms, and my dream is to do a drum solo with Dad next to me. That’s my goal, my dream.”

The biggest challenge, he says, is finding original video material to work with. “These guys were operating in the 1970s; it’s not like it is today where everybody can record everything with a phone or digital camera. Back in those days, if you had a camera that could record video, you were well off. To edit, work with it, process it and release it was a whole other matter. I’m trying to work with the limited footage I have, to put it together in a way that works and is purposeful.”

The concept of hologram shows caught on last year after a digital presentation of rapper Tupak Shakur, who’d been shot dead in 1996, took the stage at the Coachella festival.

Queen later said they’d considered creating a Freddie Mercury hologram and Free bassist Andy Fraser revealed there had been discussion over using a virtual version of late guitarist Paul Kossoff. The Who also talked about using the technology on their Quadrophenia US tour.

A top ten of stars fans would like to see “reincarnated” was topped by Jimi Hendrix with Kurt Cobain, John Lennon and Jim Morrison also listed.

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