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Dr. Dre: No plans for Tupac 'hologram' tour


After a week of fascination and speculation over the Coachella performance by the virtual Tupac Shakur during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's set last Sunday, the good doc has finally chimed in on the rumors of the late "California Love" MC's supposed tour.

Find: What did Tupac's mother think of the virtual appearance?

And, basically, there isn't going to be a Tupac tour -- or at least there's not one in the works. "It was strictly for Coachella; get it right. I want to get rid of all the rumors out there. This was not done for a tour," said Dre in a message to his fans.

According to, Dre went on to add, "If a tour happens, we'll see. This was done strictly for Coachella 2012, just for you."

Last week Dre spoke enthusiastically to TMZ about the so-called "hologram." (Given the 2-D nature of the Coachella Tupac image, it actually wasn't a hologram — that would require it being 3-D.)

More from Idolator: Coachella Tupac Hologram Probably Cost Six Figures to Produce

"I'm not sure right now. [There's] a technology that's happening where the hologram could be 360 degrees," Dre said, according to MTV News, explaining how the hologram would likely evolve. "Right now it's flat; it just looks like it's 3-dimensional from the front, but I'm working on some new and different things for the future."

But the origins of that rumor of that Tupac tour could have been started by Dre himself, who apparently told TMZ, "Thinking about it, nothing for sure."

One deterrent for staging a full concert by virtual Tupac? The cost. The two-song cameo at Coachella cost six figures alone.

Despite the eager frenzy over Pac's visual resurrection at the Cali fest last Sunday, the Los Angeles Times is likely one outlet that won't be crying over the debunking of a hologram tour featuring the late rapper.

"Making a 'cameo' as a hologram projected onto the stage and the jumbo screens above, the late Los Angeles rap icon was the least dynamic of the parade of rappers young and old who held the mike... The Tupac hologram? A red herring, unnecessary and ill advised," quipped the newspaper's Pop & Hiss blog last Monday.

Would you pay money to see a Tupac hologram perform a full show? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Twitter and Facebook!

More from Idolator:
Photos: Coachella 2012: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
Tupac Shakur's Coachella Hologram Performance: Review Revue

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May 1, 2012 12:58PM
I wish he was still alive. I would spread this kitty katt wide open for that bruthas love Smile fo' sho!
Apr 28, 2012 8:23PM
there isn't going to be a Tupac tour

Of course not; the talentless thug is dead. It figures people as dumb as Tupac fans being amazed at a hologram. Morons. He's worm food...move on.Eye-rolling

Apr 28, 2012 12:45PM
haha some dying newspaper trying to diss pacs 2d gram... I find that funny
Apr 28, 2012 9:51AM

death does not destroy one's ability to inspire or motivate, for better or worse, Tupac Shakur represented something today's pre-packaged just add water corporate rappers lack; CONTENT, his work reflects the hopes fears and despair that shape the thoughts of so many people today, particularly the young and restless who have been left to fend for themselves in this wasteland of moral and economic decay,  as a 49 year old black man

i am saddened and disheartened by the mental virus that is spred thru hip-hop and rap today; show it all, blow it all, smoke it all you'll be dead by 25 anyway, every human life has value, has worth beyond measure, what is the value of love, honor, dignity? there is no matrix to quantify this, yet we know it exist's, let us hope somewhere there is a re-birth of commitment to humanity and self-respect that will guide us thru these dark times i leave you with these words, MOTIVATE, STIMULATE, UPLIFT  and  EDUCATE .

Apr 23, 2012 10:49PM
Loved seeing and hearing Pac again. Glad they did it, but lets leave sleeping dogs lie. A Pac tour would be just milking a great moment and ripping off the legacy of Tupac! Peace/luv!
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