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Roy Orbison’s son says that he cried when he first saw late father’s hologram on stage: ‘It’s overwhelming’

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Roy Orbison’s son says he cried after seeing dead father and hologram

Roy Orbison’s son Alex Orbison, says he cried after seeing his late father’s hologram for the first time on tour.

Alex Orbison cried when he saw the image of his father on the stage — almost 30 years after his death.

Roy Orbison, the well-known rock ‘n’ roll singer that is the title inspiration for 1990’s “Pretty Woman” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, died in 1988 at age 52 of a heart attack.

And now the beloved ’60s singer is excited and hit the road again through the magic of hologram technology. The well-approved hologram tour kicked off in Europe earlier this year, and next month will start with a 28-date run in the US and Canada.

It shows a few of the artist hologram with live instrumentation and newly recorded, digitally re-mastered arrangements of his classics.

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Here’s something you don’t see every day!! Me singing along with @wardthomasmusic to my father @officialroyorbison hologram belting out “I Drove All Night” with a 36-piece band and orchestra! @rpoonline @basehologram look at www.royorbison.com for dates near you!

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Orbison, 43, told Fox News the resemblance is so secretive he quickly became emotional when he first saw it, especially after he witnessed of other families bonding over the songs he grew up listening.

“For the first show, I held my breath and wanted everything to be perfect,” he said. “When the people began to clap at the end of ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’, I started seeing this tender family moments and a few more.

“You could say, the few, that it is their favorite song, because their hands floated up and they clasped each other’s hand as the song went in. And then they gave each other a look. That part of it hit me.

“I just started to cry so proud of what my father achieved in his songs… and that incredible voice. And the fact that the people seeing it in real-time. It’s overwhelming and just really moving.”

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Orbison is aware that some fans of his father will be reluctant to catch a number of the new productions, which says it is morbid or just not the same. However, Orbison said that the tour has been carefully created to ensure the honor of the late star’s enduring legacy in the music.

“In order to have a visual representation of an artist, like my father… and hearing his vocals plunked by means of a large hall or arena, it is a wonderful experience and even the most ardent fans… want to be skeptical, go to the shows, and eventually come away loving them,” he explained.

“It is really amazing to see that 30 years after my father died, to go see, and Roy Orbison show,” he added. “At the end of the day, the people who are going to be the people who miss seeing my father live, or saw him and want to him one more time. It really is magical that we could be able to do that.”

Brian Becker, BASE Hologram CEO, told Fox News he worked with the Orbison family to ensure that Orbison’s image and movements were accurately depicted. Becker said the process was a nerve-racking one.

“We had Alex [and his family] to ensure that it was authentic and well explained,” said Becker. “There are fans, of course, and there are others who are involved in the maintaining of Roy’s legacy, but first and foremost was the family. So, we knew that if we would be able to creatively satisfy them, that we might be able to bring the show to people all over the world.

“I think we are good with that pressure. I think we are satisfied with the family. It was very collaborative… Every step of the way, Alex and his family make sure we had authenticity, and that we treated his father well.”

And there was plenty of reasons to Becker and his team to break a sweat. As one of the most legendary artists in American music history, Roy dark, emotional ballads and passionate voice resulted in 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40 between 1960 and 1964 only.

He would also inspire Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen.

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Little is known about his personal life, as Roy fiercely protected his family when not on the road, but the larger than life Texan has endured more tragedies in his life.

In 1966, his first wife Claudette Orbison, who allegedly inspired the 1965 “Oh, Pretty Woman,” was killed in a motorcycle accident, with Roy riding just ahead of her.

Two years later, a fire in his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee., the murder of two of his three children.

Orbison – that is one of the two sons born later, during Roy’s second marriage suggests that at non-execution of the leather-clad singer with slicked-back pompadour, was a loving parent.

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“My father was a great father at home,” he recalled. “One of the things that people don’t really realize about my dad was he was so funny. We would sit and watch a lot of comedies.

“As a musician, you have a lot of time between shows when you’re traveling, and my father spent a lot of that watching comedy… He had a quick wit, which he could drop one-liners and his comment was very funny. He was a great father.

“[He] has enjoyed building model airplanes… His sons were all musicians, so he would help us along and give us tips and direction… It is really great to have it all together, with the hologram and for other people to enjoy of our father.”

Orbison was determined to ensure that his father’s hologram featured his signature dark sunglasses, a look that he acquired in 1963.

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#RoyOrbison with his wife #BarbaraOrbison (January 30, 1970)

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“My father was on the road and he had a pair of glasses that were clear, and reading glasses, and sunglasses,” said Orbison. “He obviously had glasses on and the plane went. It was sunny and he put on his sunglasses and clear glasses in the back of the chair. Then, [he] stepped off the plane with his sunglasses.

“… A week later he went on tour with an unknown band at the time in the states, and that the band of The Beatles. So he was playing shows with The Beatles and by the time he played two weeks of shows with the sunglasses… he said that the children were looking for the man with the sunglasses. So, the sunglasses stayed with him.”

When he was asked why he was forced to the launch of the hologram tour now Orbison proudly declared “there is no time like the present.” He also points out that there’s no denying Roy’s music continues to be heard today. Artists, such as Don McLean, Van Halen and Linda Ronstadt are just a few of the different artists who re-recorded their vision on Roy’s hit singles over the years.

Orbison said, it is pure witness of the magic behind his father’s music on stage again.

“For me, apart from his youngest son, I am also one of the greatest Roy Orbison fans ever,” he said. “One of the things I missed the most is the tension to be able to go see and Roy Orbison show. We are just really happy. My father would say, ” I’m just tickled.'”

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