The List: 10 holographic performances we’d like to see

From the April 19, 2012 edition

Tupac’s holographic performance at Coachella has us thinking about which acts we’d like to see perform live ... even if the performer is no longer alive.

10. Joy Division

Ian Curtis’ suicide cut short this now legendary band, but getting to virtually experience his frenetic energy live would be amazing.

9. Janis Joplin

No female singer from her generation had a bigger, bolder voice. And sadly her career was cut way too short, meaning many fans never got to see Janis live. A hologram duet with Adele could be cool.

8. Wu-Tang Clan

Sure, most of the members are still around, but it’s not quite the same without Big Baby Jesus, aka Dirt Dog, aka the Old Dirty Chinese Restaurant.

7. Nirvana

Another band with a meteoric rise cut short by a suicide. There’s a whole generation of people kicking themselves for any missed chance to see Nirvana live … like their 1990 performance at Stache’s.

6. James Brown

We’d pay just to watch a hologram of the Godfather of Soul do his cape routine.

5. Guns N’ Roses

Yep, all of the original members are still alive, but their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction proved that a full reunion will probably never, ever happen. And a hologram is the only way we’re ever going to get skinny, energetic Axl again.

4. The Clash

After “the only band that matters” broke up, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones did share the stage at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction — unlike someone who refused to do so this year — but Strummer’s sudden death ended any hope of a full reunion.

3. Jimi Hendrix

Just give us the Band of Gypsys’ legendary two-night Fillmore East show in hologram and name the price.

2. Queen

Freddie Mercury was born to rock stadiums, and while Queen has toyed several times with replacements, nothing would ever be the same. And just imagine how many virtual costume changes Mercury would do!

1. The Beatles

This one’s easy. As new generations discover The Beatles, it’s a shame we couldn’t all gather to experience John, Paul, George and Ringo live.