Brian May Tearful After Queen Performance With Freddie Mercury Hologram
Queen guitarist Brian May got visibly emotional after performing with a holographic representation of the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury during a concert this month. As seen in a video from a gig at London's O2 Arena, May seems to wipe away a tear after concluding a song with the hologram.
The performance between May and the avatar is part of Queen + Adam Lambert's ongoing "Rhapsody Tour," as Classic Rock reported. The virtual visage of Mercury appears on a screen and interacts with May onstage. The Rhapsody Tour, which started in 2019, began two weeks of dates at the O2 this month.
Watch the fan-captured video of the tearful May near the bottom of this page. The touching moment came during the guitarist's performance of the classic rock band's "Love of My Life" with the hologram. The song's from 1975's A Night at the Opera.
The video was shared by @impsk77 on TikTok, who said, "Brian singing Love of my Life with Freddie and shedding a tear at the end damn near ruined me!"
Holographic performances from major artists, epitomized at Coachella 2012 in a hologram set from the late hip-hop artist Tupac, have already made their way into classic rock. A Ronnie James Dio hologram show toured the world from 2016. Jimmy Page recently said Led Zeppelin were asked to do a holo-show.
Outside of rock, the Swedish pop group ABBA launched their "ABBA Voyage" virtual concert residency last month in London. The concert is "performed" by digital avatars of ABBA dubbed "ABBAtars," instead of the flesh-and-blood band members themselves.
"Love of My Life," written by Mercury, is the second song on Side 2 of A Night at the Opera. The track features Mercury on piano, with May on guitars and harp.