The hologram resurrection of the late Tupac Shakur thrilled the audience Sunday night at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival … then it became a huge internet sensation yesterday. Today we are hearing that the hologram Tupac may be going on tour … for real. Plans are reportedly in the works for this hologram Tupac to join Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on a tour that would visit stadiums around the country … and possibly the world. Considering how popular hologram Tupac is right now (you can even follow it on Twitter — tho, technically, it’s not really a hologram but rather an elaborate projection), it makes sense that tour plans are seriously being discussed.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are reportedly planning to take the hologram of Tupac, which took to the stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yesterday (April 15), out on tour. The lifelike hologram appeared during the rappers’ joint headline set at the California festival, which also saw guest performances from Eminem, 50 Cent and Warren G. Buoyed by the success of this, reports today (April 17) suggest that the pair want to take the recreation out on the road. According to the Wall Street Journal, a close source to Dr Dre has said that he and Snoop Dogg are considering a tour that would see them performing alongside the virtual Tupac. Plans under discussion reportedly include a tour in stadiums alongside Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa, and a smaller, more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac. The hologram was created by US company Digital Domain, whose chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich described the hologram as “most complicated thing that can be done” and said that Dr Dre has “a vision” for using holograms in the future. He said: “To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done. This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion. This is just the beginning. Dre has a massive vision for this.”
Under other circumstances, I would absolutely HATE this idea. The thought of scrounging up a dead celebrity, animating it and putting it on stage just sounds like a horribly terrible idea. BUT, in this instance, with the way that Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are paying homage to their late friend 2pac, I am just charmed by the whole thing. I’ll admit that it seems a bit much to take this hologram on tour but … it does make sense. There is so much interest in this hologram. I know there are lots of people who would happily pay to not only see this hologram with their own eyes but would LOVE to get a chance to kinda see Tupac perform in concert again. Folks, these are the times we live in. Technology will only make this sort of thing even more of a reality. The robot uprising is coming. For now, we have holograms to entertain us. Fascinating, isn’t it?
What do y’all think? Would YOU like to see hologram Tupac live in concert?