Tupac may be going on tour – video

Fans were left in awe when legendary rapper Tupac Shakur performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend alongside Snoop Dogg. Of course, it was all virtual — Tupac has been dead for almost 16 years. Digital effects masters at Hollywood’s Digital Domain created a CGI version of Tupac performing and then used angled reflectors to create the illusion of him appearing live on stage. The visual was so life-like that the video (watch it below) instantly went viral. Now, Snoop Dogg and rapper/music producer Dr. Dre are considering taking the virtual Tupac on an arena tour. The idea is still in the very early planning stages as there are a lot of technical details that need to be figured out first. “Dre has a massive vision for this,” said El Ulbrich, Digital Domain’s chief creative officer. “This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion … [and it] is just the beginning.” Could this be the beginning of a new trend in music? What other dead performers would you like to see resurrected on the stage again?

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  1. BB • April 18, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

    Unbelievable…

  2. Mason • April 18, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

    Thats frickin cool!

  3. TheTruth • April 18, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

    This reminds me of that movie S1m0ne(2002). For awhile after seeing that, I was second guessing every A-list actor that never did live interviews lol

  4. Nobody Important • April 18, 2012 @ 8:49 PM

    It’s pretty sad when you think about it. The guy’s dead, and people (his mother, dre, snoop, etc…) are pimping his ass for loot.

    Imagine if someone used your hologram to promote a product you truly despise. This is grounds for an ethical discussion.

  5. John • April 19, 2012 @ 9:09 AM

    A holographic collaboration – Tupac and Aaliyah.

  6. Lloyd • April 20, 2012 @ 2:33 AM

    @Nobody Important, completely agree. This is an insult to the man’s legacy. He did what he needed to do while he was here. It may not have been all he could have done with his life being cut tragically short, but no one has the right to put out anything on his behalf, especially when he’s not alive anymore to protest the pimping of his name.

    Honouring and paying homage to the dead is one thing, but there are betters ways to do it than simulating his likeness.

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