Which dead MN musician should return as a hologram?

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Photo by Denis Jeong Plaster
Imagine an Eyedea hologram at Soundset.
Michael Jackson just became the latest deceased musician to rise again in hologram form. At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, he "danced" and "sang" a song from his comeback album Xscape, assembled with "modernized" bits from the cutting room floor of his career. Each time this happens, concert promoters see dollar signs and fans see what was once impossible.

This bit of technological smoke and mirrors made us wonder what it would be like to bring back some Minnesota luminaries who are now gone and dearly missed. Below, we have created a graphic detailing our thoughts on the "Tupac-style" return of our celebrated greats.

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To quote a fellow City Pages staffer, "Holograms are the worst."

For anyone who actually watched the Billboard Music Awards, this MJ hologram stunt was pretty painful. The King of Pop was royalty because of his creativity both vocally and with his dance moves. No one needed to be in attendance to see a video game recreating -- badly, might we add -- what could be better portrayed with a video montage. Live music is about spontaneity, inspiration, and breaking the fourth wall with the crowd. If anything, a hologram performance lays the brick and mortar for that fourth wall.

It's a sad realization that we'll never get to see Eyedea or Bob Stinson or the Andrews Sisters grace another stage, but it's also what makes the time we have to enjoy live music so much more thrilling. There are living, breathing musicians who are inspired by these performers (and other dearly departed) who keep their spirits alive in a far more respectful manner. Holograms are like a wax museum figure propped up onstage to gawk at.

Everything is finite. The thrill of being in the same room as your heroes is always a passing feeling to be anticipated -- and later cherished in memory.

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Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

Go see a rock band from Mpls, you don't need a hologram it isnt dead, you just dont pay it any mind any more. You should. There is talent here.

mr._magillicutty
mr._magillicutty

@reedfischer classic comment section on this. gotta love the people who couldn't bother to actually read the 1 page article. oh, and Tupac wasn't from MN... lulz

Kyle Ingebrigtson
Kyle Ingebrigtson

I'm pretty sure Bob Dylan passed. Maybe you are thinking of his son from the 3rd eye blind?

Darlene Eliopoulos
Darlene Eliopoulos

I think they're cool. I just don't want to see dead artists in concert.

Luke Cole
Luke Cole

Wow. This is a fuckin disgrace. I don't mildly understand why anyone would want to see an Eyedea hologram. His words touched me and so many others for so many years. I think it's disrespectful and just kind of sick. He's only been gone a few years.

Ariel' Rose
Ariel' Rose

I would have to agree with Cal. These are fighting words.

Aaron Rodriguez
Aaron Rodriguez

The buffalo that onced roamed this land before white man..

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

Hell no one of the best parts of Eyedea was is interaction with his fans. The banter with his audience, his emotion when performing live was different then what his albums sound like. It would be an injustice to him if a computerized image came out trying to portray what he would have done during a performance.He was different and unpredictable every time I saw him. No holograms.

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

You got to keep in mind though, it's the wave if the future. Some time ago, they were predicting (and for telling) that holograms would be used in the future. Imagine years from now; in class rooms students learning from Plato or Shakespeare or JFK. Yeah sure it may be cheesy seeing dead musicians perform onstage as holograms, but it's the sign of the times that we just entered.

Jason Schneider
Jason Schneider

None! Why can't we have an article about something exciting and cool?

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

Out of any dead artist, MN or not, I would also pick Mikey.

Saadya Nothing
Saadya Nothing

Skip the hologram can we just get Mikey back?! Micheal Larsen

Eric Bunde
Eric Bunde

A Chris Mars hologram would double my interest in seeing half of The Replacements reunite.

Dustin Pettee
Dustin Pettee

How long has Mr. Decker been gone?:I know is health was trash.

Brant Geyer
Brant Geyer

They already did Tupac Matt Roehl....you tube it. It was pretty cool

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