Have you seen The Bodyguard roughly one million times? Do you know every word to “I Have Nothing”? Well, you’re probably the kind of fan who’ll be pumped to know Whitney Houston’s hologram concert is coming to North America. Come April, the unique musical experience — which first premiered with a 24-city European run — will be making its way to Sin City for an extended engagement at Flamingo Las Vegas.
“In 2011, Whitney and I discussed her idea of an intimate, unplugged concert tour. It was a project we called Whitney Unplugged or An Evening With Whitney. While Whitney’s no longer with us, her voice and legacy will live on with us forever,” Pat Houston, the late singer’s sister-in-law and former manager/President and CEO of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston, shared in a statement. “An Evening With Whitney is another chance for us to relive and celebrate the talent that we were so lucky to receive for more than three decades and we’re excited to bring this cutting-edge musical experience to the fans who supported the pop culture phenomenon that was Whitney Houston, because they deserve nothing less.”
According to ET, the show will begin its North American run on April 14, and super-fans can try to grab tickets (while they last) once they go on sale March 6 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
So, you’re familiar with how this works, right? Created by BASE Hologram in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston, the show centers around a hologram of the late singer modeled after a body double that was then digitized to look like and mimic Houston herself. On top of that, the hologram has been synced with Houston’s live performances and studio takes. The end result is a concert experience featuring digitally remastered arrangements of Houston’s biggest hits.
And, yeah, we get it. Houston was one of the biggest music icons ever. Some of us grew up listening to classics like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “The Greatest Love of All” but were too young to ever see her in concert. How cool would it be to watch Houston (or her hologram, anyway) belt out those inimitable songs from the stage? I feel like if I took my mom to this, it would surely cement my status as her favorite child forevermore.
I would probably be in the minority if people who wouldn't mind seeing this Whitney Houston hologram pic.twitter.com/JI2opQKGSg
— Luchiano🤦🏾♂️ (@Luchiano404) February 26, 2020
Having said that, though, wouldn’t it also just be kinda… sad? Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012, at only 48 years old. It seems as though seeing a hologram of her singing on stage would be a stark — and, if we really being honest, maybe bizarre — reminder of her potential cut short.
Plus, we’re not entirely sure how we feel about the fact it’s potentially exploiting a woman who is deceased for profit. Houston had notoriously been exploited for her fame throughout her life; it feels a little unsettling that such a fate also follows her in death.
Regardless of whether you’re already saving the date to score tickets or feel like the whole thing is a shameful money grab, one thing’s for sure: Seeing a hologram of Houston in concert would be a mind-bending experience. If that sounds like your kind of night, you can get more info on tickets at WhitneyVegas.com.
Click here to learn more about the life and death of Whitney Houston.