The Whitney Houston hologram concert is headed to Las Vegas.
The legendary singer, who died in 2012, will appear via “holographic technology” for a residency titled “An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert,” Houston’s estate said this week in a press release.
The concert series is scheduled to run from Oct. 26, 2021 through April 2022 at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Each show will feature Houston’s voice along with a live band, backup singers and dancers.
“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,’ said Pat Houston, president and CEO of Houston’s estate. “While Whitney’s no longer with us, her voice and legacy will live on with us forever. ‘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.”
But many fans are unhappy about Houston being brought back in hologram form.
On Wednesday when the estate announced on Instagram the concert was officially happening, fans filled the comments section, with the vast majority urging organizers to let Houston rest in peace.
Instagram user @senaogida responded, “Stop profiting off Whitney!!”
Added @thedanieljeremiah, “Let her Rest In Peace. This is incredibly disrespectful to her legacy, while also upsetting her fans.”
“Nah this is wrong. Whitney Houston herself would be pissed off had she lived to see a hologram of herself. Shame on Pat Houston for wanting to make money off of Whitney’s name,” wrote
Houston, a six-time Grammy winner, was known for such chart-topping classics as “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” and “The Greatest Love of All.”
The estate, which first announced plans for a hologram tour in 2019, says Houston’s classics will be included in the concert.
The Las Vegas residency is produced and created by BASE Hologram in partnership with Houston’s estate and GFour Productions. Acclaimed choreographer Fatima Robinson directs the project, with additional creative direction by TV and stage producer Mark ‘Swany’ Swanhart.
Tickets went on sale July 23 at whitneyvegas.com and range from $49 to $89.