Maybe Japan's on to something: Who needs live music when you have hollograms?

Since the dawn of live music, artists have canceled shows for various reasons. Gigs have been called for sickness, deaths in the family, dog ate the set-list, etc, etc, blah blah blah. Crypton Future Media based out of Sapporo, Japan, has finally found a way to remedy this situation with the help of Yamaha's Vocaloid (Vocal + Android) technology. Instead of having an actual concert, they have developed a way to have hologram concerts with completely digitized vocals. Click through for a list of artists who can benefit from this new technology.

05. Michael Jackson: Can the King of Pop live forever? He can with this technology. There's enough archival footage of him to re-create some of the most classic shows on the planet. If not, he was mostly plastic anyway, so a life-size recreation would probably not be that hard to fashion. Who knows? A flawless reproduction of Thriller might just be what this country needs to pull itself out of a recession.

04. Ozzy Osbourne: The guy can still rock. That goes without saying. But should he? After St. Louis based Cofactor Genomics proved he actually possesses Neanderthal genes in his drug-riddled double helix, the questions remain as to whether or not he should still perform. Would you pay to see Ozzy Osbourne sing "Crazy train" at Ozzfest? No. Would you pay to see a perfect recreation of Black Sabbath slay through "N.I.B.?" Hell yes.

03. Kanye West: It was just reported that Kanye West cancelled his post-Thanksgiving Today Show concert because Matt Lauer played the clip of him making a fool of himself at the 2009 VMA awards. Was it necessary to run the clip? Yes. If you can't deal with your actions of the past, then don't do regrettable, outlandish things, right? Who needs live Kanye anyway? Not us -- at least not with this technology.

02. Nas: Last year, following his divorce from Kelis, the court ordered the iLLmatic MC to pay $40k per month in alimony. Alimony is generally a good thing, in that it's made to protect and provide for an otherwise neglected child, but $480,000 per year? That's a bit hefty. With help from Yamaha, Nas could perform shows all over the world, at the same time. This would certainly help with the half-million dollar per year bill.

01. Wesley Willis - If you haven't heard Wesley Willis perform hits like "Rock and Roll McDonalds" or "Cut the Mullet," you haven't lived. Unfortunately, he is no longer living, either, so digital animations is all we have to hold onto.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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