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Virtual Tupac Shakur To Go On Tour?


Many media outlets and artists thought Tupac Shakur's virtual resurrection at Coachella on Sunday was pretty much the coolest thing ever. The Los Angeles Times, however, called the stunt "a red herring, unnecessary and ill advised." Whichever side of the fence you're on, the projection of the deceased rapper may not be a onetime deal, given the amount of coverage the event has received. And according to one report, Shakur's comrades Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, who staged the so-called hologram (it was actually a 2-D image, not a 3-D one, which constitutes holograms) during their set, could take virtual Tupac out on tour this year.

An insider has revealed to the Wall Street Journal that representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the rappers and the virtual Shakur, which was created by San Diego-based company Digital Domain:

"One option would be a tour in stadiums, involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Alternately, they could stage a more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac, in smaller arenas."

"To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done, Digital Domain's chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich, said in an interview with WSJ.  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."

That said, the publication points out the following, via their source:

"A tour with the virtual Tupac is likely but not guaranteed, said the person familiar with the situation. The nascent plans could fall apart for any number of reasons. If the tour were to proceed, it would take many months of creative and technical planning, this person added."

The Coachella performance was definitely a jaw-dropping moment, and one that may well eclipse anything that happens at the fest this coming weekend. (Even Shakur's scheduled return to the festival.) But will taking a projected image of a person who's been dead since 1996 to perform on tour be crossing a line?

Also on Idolator:
2Pac Resurrected: Technology brings the rapper back from the dead
What Critics Thought: A Review Revue of 2Pac's virtual performance
Dre, Snoop & 2Pac: See their Coachella performance in pics

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Apr 24, 2012 5:37AM
Tupac is/was highly overrated. (Dislike this post all you want). No one TRULY cared if he hadn't died and that is a fact. He was good, but certainly not the best or the best ever. He may have "changed the game" but he was new to it, and to idolize someone who talked about really primitive lifestyles does nothing but stagnate things. However, I think the virtual performance is sort of interesting. I think that there should be a synchronization between many different dead performers and bring them "back to life" again on one stage. Sort of like a set show... introducing Michael Jackson, Elvis, Tupac, and many different deceased artists again. It's kind of creepy when you think about it, but it will make money...
Apr 23, 2012 9:33PM

Really? He was not any good alive. Bad example for young people just trash! Thank God he is dead!! I grew up listening to this CRAP they so call Hip Hop!!!


I believe WE CAN DO BETTER!!!! scientists, PhDs, teachers, lawyers, etc...... 

Apr 22, 2012 11:06PM
People aren't going to pay money to see holograms depicting real dead humans, are they?
Apr 22, 2012 6:35PM
welcome back, 1993 - how we have missed you:  that is kind of funny...

still waiting on the zombie apokolyps
Apr 22, 2012 5:32PM
Who That FVCK cares about this **** really
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