For Jason Bonham, his Led Zeppelin Experience tribute to his father's band isn't enough. He wants to take things a step further and rock out with a hologram version of his late father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
In a recent chat with Legendary Rock Interviews, Jason revealed that he's planning to take his Zeppelin tribute up a notch. "It’s been fun and it’s important to me to have something in addition to the music, that was the whole point of it," he said. "When I first started doing this I was working with some of the people behind some of the biggest tribute tours like Pink Floyd Experience, the Beatles, and now I’m doing it. It’s imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level. I’m talking to people about holograms and my dream is to do the hologram drum solo with Dad next to me."
However, it remains to be seen if it's technically possible to pull it off, since footage of John Bonham with Led Zeppelin, shot in the '70s, might not be high-quality enough to convert into a hologram.
"There’s so much more that I would love to do but obviously I am limited somewhat as far as the footage that I have and the quality of the footage," the younger Bonham said. "These guys were operating in the 1970s and it’s not at all like it is today where everybody can record everything with a phone or digital camera. Back in those days if you had a camera that could record video, you were well off, and to be able to be proficient enough to edit or work with it or process it and release it was a whole other matter. It wasn’t as instant of a thing as it is now. I am trying to work with the limited footage I have, to put it together in a way that works and is purposeful."
Ever since a hologram image of the late Tupac Shakur turned up with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012, there's been talk of more holograms turning up at concerts.
However, not everyone is a fan of bringing back legendary performers in holographic form. When Icelene Jones, the widow of Ol' Dirty Bastard, discovered that the Rock the Bells Festival planned to bring her husband and Eazy-E back for this year's fest in September, she filed a motion to stop it.
However, Dirty's mom, Cherry Jones, applauded the move. "It was so wonderful to stand by him again," she said at a press conference announcing the festival. "It think it's amazing. I want to sing with it."