Tuesday and well another torn idea which seems to happen a lot in the world these days. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night. How you ask?
Tupac Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.
Of course this is going to cause mixed reactions; You’re watching a dead person perform on stage. I watched the video and at first like so many “WTF” and had many mixed emotions. One can say it was ghostly in the actual sense of watching the video, and brought out many emotions in me.
I guess most rap fans were happy, loved it and some even cried tears. I am a diehard fan of some artists and Tupac is on the list. Maybe I am old fashioned but the idea of a hologram personally bugs me because of the other aspect it’s “fake”, but by no means done out of any ill illitention. The stage was a who's who of rap; Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar and more thus this hologram is out of pure respect. Still I was lucky to see Tupac live and a hologram won’t cut it for me, nor will a hologram ever cut it for me. Real people are not replaceable, that human aspect I love too much. Yes this could be something cool such as a way for people who never got to see Tupac live to get a taste (and you know they will do MJ next and many more and this will be a fad). Then of course the business side it is an amazing idea financially. Though I will go for the real thing, with imperfections and the electronics can stay home, and I will cherish the live shows I see because they are live and will never want any of them replaced by a "perfected" hologram.
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The Tupac hologram was several months in the planning and took nearly four months to create in a studio and though Smith was not able to reveal the exact price tag for the illusion, he said a comparable one could cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $400,000 to pull off. “I can’t say how much that event cost, but I can say it’s affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around the world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country,” Nick Smith of AV Concepts.
(Another thought I am not fond of since artists have to travel and get off their butts and do live shows)
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*The acts will repeat their performances and festival time slots at a second Coachella next weekend. Along with other headliners like The Black Keys, Radiohead, Florence & The Machine, Mike Snow, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M83, and many more.