Freddie Mercury 'Appears' in Queen Show & Another Rock Star's Dignity Bites the Dust

Have you ever wished you could see legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury live and in person? Well, if you can hop across the pond today, now's your chance—because Mercury will appear on stage during a performance of London's long-running musical "We Will Rock You."

Okay, technically it's won't be live and in person, considering it's been two decades since Mercury's death, but according to Queen guitarist Brian May, "People will come out saying, 'Did we actually see Freddie?'"

We will, we will rock you ... by CREEPY OPTICAL ILLUSION.


Apparently, the band has been trying to figure out how to revive Mercury for quite some time now, and the production team is mulling over a similar effect as the much-buzzed-about technique used to put dead rapper Tupac Shakur on stage at Coachella in April.

Don't go thinking they were trying to copy Shakur, though, because May insists it was their idea first:

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. [That 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 quite practical.

The on-stage effect coincides with the musical's 10th anniversary. "We Will Rock You"  was written in part by May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor, and it's based on a collection of the band’s hit songs.

I'm pretty curious as to how Taylor feels about the effect, because when he was asked just weeks ago about Mercury's likeness appearing onstage, he said,

I don't think I want to. Were somebody (else) to use a hologram of Freddie, I would have no objection ... It just doesn't sit too well with me. I don't want to appear with a hologram of my dear friend. It's the real one or no hologram for me.

Personally, I'm with Taylor: it just doesn't sit well with me. Trotting out dead rock stars for freaky simulation tours just bums me out, because it's all about milking cash out of people who aren't around to agree to their participation. It's only a matter of time before we see Elvis onstage with Justin Bieber, and Kurt Cobain playing next to Amy Winehouse. Welcome to the Musical Uncanny Valley, where nothing is real except the profits.

What do you think about Freddie Mercury "appearing" onstage?

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