It wasn't a dream — tickets on sale for Roy Orbison Detroit hologram show


BASE Orbison Hologram demo. - SCREEN GRAB VIA YOUTUBE
  • Screen grab via Youtube
  • BASE Orbison Hologram demo.

Last month, Metro Times reported that Roy Orbison, the same Roy Orbison who has been dead for nearly 30 years, would be making his grand re-entrance to the earthly stage as a fucking hologram because apparently in 2018 being dead doesn't mean shit.

Anyway, after a successful European debut earlier this year, In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert "The Hologram Tour" will embark on a North American 28-date trek through space and time starting Oct. 1 in Oakland, Cali., and will ghost on through Detroit's Fox Theatre on Oct. 20.

The only estate-approved production has been brought to life by BASE Entertainment, which "fuses advanced holographic digital laser technology with live theatrical stagecraft." Orbison, whose three-octave-climbing vocals have been remastered for each of the set's 16 songs, will be accompanied by a live orchestra.

If that wasn't enough of a head trip for you, Orbison's hologram will wave to the audience and partake in interactive onstage banter with his non-holographic bandmates.

In other words, you will either find yourself "Crying" with joy from having seen Roy Orbison or you'll be "Running Scared" because, well, holograms.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. starting at $20 and can be purchased here.

Get our top picks for the best events in Detroit every Thursday morning. Sign up for our events newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.