Which dead MN musician should return as a hologram?

Michael Jackson just became the latest deceased musician to rise again in hologram form. At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, he "danced" and "sang" a song from his comeback album Xscape, assembled with "modernized" bits from the cutting room floor of his career. Each time this happens, concert promoters see dollar signs and fans see what was once impossible.

This bit of technological smoke and mirrors made us wonder what it would be like to bring back some Minnesota luminaries who are now gone and dearly missed. Below, we have created a graphic detailing our thoughts on the "Tupac-style" return of our celebrated greats.

To quote a fellow City Pages staffer, "Holograms are the worst."

For anyone who actually watched the Billboard Music Awards, this MJ hologram stunt was pretty painful. The King of Pop was royalty because of his creativity both vocally and with his dance moves. No one needed to be in attendance to see a video game recreating -- badly, might we add -- what could be better portrayed with a video montage. Live music is about spontaneity, inspiration, and breaking the fourth wall with the crowd. If anything, a hologram performance lays the brick and mortar for that fourth wall.

It's a sad realization that we'll never get to see Eyedea or Bob Stinson or the Andrews Sisters grace another stage, but it's also what makes the time we have to enjoy live music so much more thrilling. There are living, breathing musicians who are inspired by these performers (and other dearly departed) who keep their spirits alive in a far more respectful manner. Holograms are like a wax museum figure propped up onstage to gawk at.

Everything is finite. The thrill of being in the same room as your heroes is always a passing feeling to be anticipated -- and later cherished in memory.

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