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Freddie Mercury to 'perform' again

2012-05-11 22:10
 
London - Freddie Mercury is to appear on stage as an optical illusion.

The late Queen frontman - who passed away in 1991 - will seem to perform for an audience at musical We Will Rock You, which is based on the band's music, to mark the tenth anniversary of the show in London.

Queen Guitarist Brian May told BBC News the new "effect" was "an optical illusion of sorts".

He added: "People will come out saying, 'did we actually see Freddie?'"

However, Brian said the effect used will be different to the hologram technology which made late rapper Tupac Shakur appear on stage and perform at Coachella music festival in California in April.

'Unfortunate'

He added: "It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while.

"The hologram technique is something we've looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it's not really practical."

The special edition show of We Will Rock You will take place on 14 May at London's Dominion Theatre.

Queen have previously made live appearances where Freddie appears to sing the band's hit Bohemian Rhapsody using a backing track and video footage of him singing the song.

Due to the phenomenal success of Tupac's holographic appearance, many other stars have been mooted for the same treatment, including Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

- BangShowBiz

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