Remember when Tupac Shakur “returned” to the stage to perform alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as a hologram at last year’s Coachella festival? As former Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley would say, that was awesome. (Hey — someone should revive Farley as a hologram!)
The next two deceased rap stars to return to the stage as moving lights have been revealed: Eazy-E (of N.W.A.) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (of the Wu-Tang Clan). Good choices?
The two former performers will reportedly take to the stage at the 2013 Rock the Bells festival series in San Bernardino, Calif., Mountain View, Calif., Washington, D.C. and Rutherford, N.J.
ODB will join Wu-Tang clan, but Eazy-E won’t take the stage alongside Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the other surviving N*ggaz With Attitudes. Instead, E will perform with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony — a bit less awesome, but still a set that a lot of hip hop fans will want to see.
Unsurprisingly, holographic performances are tedious to animate, so it’s probably a fair bet that each artist will only perform a song or two. Tupac’s big return, which you can see below, included about five minutes of stage time.
Though some will decry these “performances” as a gimmick, is watching a hologram dance around to a pre-recorded track really so different than watching any of today’s pop stars lip-synching to their own CDs?