Freddie Mercury will be appearing live on May 14 during the 10th anniversary performances of We Will Rock You, the award-winning musical based on the music of Queen currently enjoying a lengthy run at London’s Dominion Theater.

It will require digital artistry to make this happen, of course. Mercury died in 1991, although his band Queen remains popular and continues to attract new fans.

Guitarist Brian May told the BBC that Mercury’s appearance will not use the hologram-type technology that audiences saw when Tupac Shakur was onstage at the Coachella music festival. Instead, the musical’s production team will deploy “an optical illusion of sorts” that they’ve been working on for many months, May said.

“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,” he added.

May additionally said that Robert De Niro, who is one of the show’s producers, will attend the anniversary performance in real life.

 Related links:

BBC News – Freddie Mercury ‘to appear’ in Queen show

NME – Brian May: ‘Freddie Mercury will appear in ‘We Will Rock You’ but not as a hologram’

We Will Rock You –official site