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'Stop tarnishing her legacy': Amy Winehouse hologram tour announcement leads to fan fury

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The announcement that an Amy Winehouse hologram will embark on a three-year world tour has many of her fans crying no, no no.

The British songstress’s father, Mitch Winehouse, was “delighted” to share the news Thursday and said “all proceeds of the tour,” which starts in late 2019, will go to the charitable foundation created in her name. However, there has been a backlash against the decision. The very idea of the tour is being bashed as exploitive, and Winehouse’s dad, a controversial character, is taking hits as well. The general sentiment is: Why can’t the Camden Town fave be left to rest in peace?

Here are some of the comments made on social media.

Mitch himself was the target of much of the criticism. But that’s not exactly a new development — he has long been criticized for the way he’s maintained his daughter’s legacy. (One year ago, he announced an Amy Winehouse musical was in the works.)

In general, people have issues with the whole hologram concept, which has been used before with deceased stars such as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, and Roy Orbison, to name a few.

In talking about Winehouse’s hologram tour, which will consist of a live band accompanying vocals from original recordings, her father said, “This is a dream for us. To see her perform again is something special that really can’t be put into words. Our daughter’s music touched the lives of millions of people, and it means everything that her legacy will continue in this innovative and groundbreaking way.”

Amy Winehouse’s parents — Mitch and Janis Winehouse — at the unveiling of the statue of the singer in the Camden Town area of London, in September 2014. (Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Amy Winehouse’s parents — Mitch and Janis Winehouse — at the unveiling of the statue of the singer in the Camden Town area of London, in September 2014. (Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Plagued by drug and alcohol addiction, Winehouse drank herself to death. She suffered alcohol poisoning in July 2011, at age 27, while drinking vodka alone in her bedroom. Her blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit. Her life, death, and music have fascinated the public, though, and a new documentary, Back to Black, will be released Nov. 2 and give fans a look at the making of her critically acclaimed final studio album of the same name.

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