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Freddie Mercury to appear as 'optical illusion' at Queen show

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If you think you see Freddie Mercury in the next few days, it might not just be Sacha Baron Cohen preparing for that biopic.

Queen guitarist Brian May revealed in an interview with the BBC that there would indeed be a visual representation of the late singer during a London performance of the musical We Will Rock You on May 14, though he abstained from calling the “effect” a hologram. In his words, Mercury’s rising will be “an optical illusion of sorts.” If you ask us, that sounds French for hologram.

And a damn good one, apparently. Said May, “People will come out saying, ‘did we actually see Freddie?'”

“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,” May continued. “[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.”

What do you guys think — between Tupac, TLC’s Left Eye projection, and now Freddie Mercury, is this trend already getting tiresome, or is it exactly the kind of  jolt the music industry needed? You or your hologram should let us know in the comments.

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