The tradition of deceased musicians going on tour as holograms continues as the hologram company, Eyellusion announced this week that a Frank Zappa hologram show is to be produced, 25 years after the musician’s death. Eyellusion is the same company that announced a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour only earlier this year.
The show has been developed in partnership with the Zappa Family Trust, saying in a statement that the Zappa hologram will “go back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material.”
In conjunction with the announcement, Eyellusion is also planning to develop a hologram version of “Joe’s Garage: The Musical,” based on the Zappa rock opera that made its stage premiere in 2008. Zappa’s hologram will play the role of the narrator, otherwise known as the “Central Scrutinizer” in a musical about the government taking over the music business.
A number of guest musicians are set to tour with the hologram including several members of Zappa’s own pioneering band, the Mothers of Invention like multi-instrumentalist Ian Underwood and guitarist Denny Waley. Other so-called “stunt guitarists” like Steve Vai and Adrian Belew are also set to collaborate.
Frank Zappa’s son, Ahmet Zappa has indicated in interviews that he hopes the upcoming tour would settle the differences between himself and siblings Moon Unit and Dweezil, who, after Zappa’s wife Gail died in 2015, had been in charge of the Zappa estate. Ahmet stated that it would be his “greatest wish” to see Dweezil and Moon performing again with their father.
The project will go into production later this year with tour dates planned to be announced for later this year and in early 2018.