“An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” premiered Tuesday night. But judging from fans’ reactions, it’s not right — and it’s definitely not okay. (New York Post reported)
The controversial Whitney Houston hologram tour began in the UK Some eight years after the singer’s death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in Sheffield on 25 February and finishes in early April, with US dates to be announced
.After the show ended, one premiere attendee — who goes by the Twitter handle @alicebogdanska — expressed confusion about what she’d just witnessed, saying she “can’t believe I’ve just been to see a hologram of Whitney Houston, what a mind f–k.”
A music critic suggested that the concert was crass exploitation.
“In life, Whitney Houston was exploited by everyone around her,” wrote UK Mirror critic Alun Palmer. “So why should passing to the great beyond make any difference when there is money still to be made?” He added that “as any horror movie fan will tell you, bringing the dead back to life never works out well” and later suggested that “it’s probably best to let sleeping stars lie.”
Houston died aged 48 in 2012 from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” were contributing factors in her death.
the whitney houston hologram tour reeks like a desperate money grab. her estate should be ashamed.
— apollonia. (@robbiiiiee) February 24, 2020
A full band, backup singers and dancers had complement hologram in An Evening With Whitney, says Base Hologram CEO Brian Becker.
Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Dates
February 27, 2020 – Liverpool, England @ M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena
February 28, 2020 – Manchester, England @ Apollo
February 29, 2020 – Leeds, England @ First Direct Arena
March 1, 2020 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SEC Armadillo
March 2, 2020 – Aberdeen, Scotland @ P&J Arena
March 3, 2020 – Dublin, Ireland @ Bord Gais Theatre
March 4, 2020 – Birmingham, England @ Arena
March 5, 2020 – Bournemouth, England @ Bournemouth International Centre
March 6, 2020 – Cardiff, Wales @ Motorpoint Arena
March 7, 2020 – Brighton, England @ Centre
March 9, 2020 – Nottingham, England @ Royal Concert Hall
March 10, 2020 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
March 12, 2020 – Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
March 13, 2020 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ AFAS Live
March 14, 2020 – Ghent, Belgium @ Capitole
March 19, 2020 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Samsung Hall
March 20, 2020 – Berlin, Germany @ Admirals Palast
March 22, 2020 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadhalle F
March 23, 2020 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Inchebo Expo Arena
March 25, 2020 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Forum Black Box
March 26, 2020 – Olso, Norway @ Folketeatret
March 28, 2020 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
March 30, 2020 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ BKZ Oktyabrisky
March 31, 2020 – Moscow, Russia @ Kremlin Concert Hall
April 2, 2020 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Palace Ukraine
April 3, 2020 – Minsk, Belarus @ Palace of the Republic
Pat explained further that the hologram tour and other projects will be in an effort to reclaim Whitney’s legacy: “Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore. People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”
The estate executor, who is married to the late singer’s half brother Gary Garland-Houston, also said that Whitney wasn’t in financial trouble at the time of her death despite various depictions in the tabloid press.
“She had money when she died,” Pat said. “It wasn’t multimillions, like everyone thought, but she wasn’t broke.”
In other news, Robyn Crawford is set to publish a memoir later this year which will explore her close relationship with Whitney.
Due to be published on November 5, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston will see Crawford speak publicly about “the moving and often complicated story of her life and relationship with Whitney” for the first time.