The 2Pac hologram at the Coachella music festival in California on Sunday (April 15) was so wildly popular that it might be going on tour.
According to a source that spoke to the Wall Street Journal, representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss the logistics of putting a tour together that would involve the two legendary rappers alongside the virtual ’Pac.
The alleged two tour options, include either creating a stadium trek, featuring rap stars like Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa or doing more of a limited, exclusive tour, which would feature only Dre, Snoop and the hologram of 2Pac in smaller arenas.
“This is just the beginning,” Ed Ulbrich, the Chief Creative Officer of Digital Domain, the company responsible for the 2-D hologram at Coachella, told the Wall Street Journal. “To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done. This is not sound footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion.”
Seeing such an authentic hologram of their hip-hop hero more than 15 years after his tragic murder was sure to please the legions of 2Pac fans out there.
Ever the meticulous planner, the WSJ reports that Dre and his production team first approached Digital Domain last year to discuss the possibility of bring ’Pac back to life onstage using the hologram. Both sides started prepping for the Coachella performance back in December of 2011.
The 2Pac hologram drew rave reviews from the hip-hop community, as well as the late star’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who watched it live on the Internet and told TMZ that it was “amazing.” Tupac Back!—Jakinder Singh