Fans of Whitney Houston were left reeling Wednesday morning (Sept. 18) after they awoke to the news that the late pop icon’s estate is rolling out a worldwide hologram tour, An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour.
The estate unveiled the news in conjunction with Base Hologram through a post published to Houston’s official Instagram account and website on Tuesday (Sept. 17).
Previously, Whitney's sister-in-law and former manager, Pat Houston, told the New York Times that she was readying the production this past May, although she did not provide a timeline for when the tour would roll out at the time. The special project was one of many that are currently in development following the estate’s recent partnership with New York-based music publishing company Primary Wave and BASE Hologram.
In Tuesday’s announcement, the estate detailed that the Fatima Robinson-helmed concert series is slated to kick off in Mexico next January with more stops planned across the United Kingdom and Europe up until April.
As of now, no tour dates have been announced for North America but are tentatively being planned for sometime in the fall.
The tour will feature a live band and dancers set to digitally remastered arrangements of her classic songs, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”
The concert series has been met with a myriad of reactions from fans who are torn over whether they should support the tour, although some were elated at the prospect of hearing Whitney's soulful vocals.
"I'm here for it. Nothing more I’d love to be in a room full of Whitney listening to Whitney music," a fan wrote on Twitter.
The more vocal and irate sects of the fanbase felt the hologram tour was an affront the famed songstress’ legacy and viewed it as the entertainment industry exploitating Whitney’s voice and image.
Others were more disappointed with Pat Houston for even agreeing to it.
“I see a lot of y'all responding “let her Rest In Peace” to the Whitney Houston hologram tour as if they gotta drag her soul from the afterlife and put on a show. It’s a hologram she is still resting peacefully y’all,” one fan issued in response to the outrage.
Some fans were simply weirded out by the thought of watching a hologram in Houston’s likeness perform onstage.
“Is there anything more creepy or disgusting than a 'hologram' tour for a dead artist? Can't believe they're cashing in on one for #WhitneyHouston," tweeted another person.
Check out the rest of the reactions to the Whitney Houston Hologram Tour below.
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