Legend Hip-Hop artist Tupac Shakur made an appearance at the annual Coachella music festival last Sunday night. Well, actually it was a hologram of his that performed at Coachella. In case you haven’t seen the video that has now gone viral – it has over 2.5 million views in just a few days – I have posted it here (**edit** I have opted to take this down as it is NSFW and contained too much profanity, instead here is a picture of Snoop Dogg standing alongside the hologram of Tupac at Coachella courtesy of nydailynews.com**):
Look’s real doesn’t it?! I was one of the many that was amazed by the quality of the hologram. A company named AV Concepts put together a performance based off of old footage from Tupac’s performances and synched it with his songs. They then took this animated video and projected it onto a mirror that showed up on a transparent foil that the audience wasn’t able to see. The only thing we see in the video is Snoop Dogg and what looks to be Tupac.
The success of this hologram has sparked conversation online that Tupac could go on tour with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The Wall Street Journal wrote:
“Sources in the Journal article said that Dr. Dre had a “massive vision” for Pac’s projection. Both an arena tour and a more intimate, club tour were being considered at the time of this writing.”
I think that most people probably wouldn’t pay top dollar to see a hologram perform rather than a live person. But it is a way for past performances to be relived more realistically than watching, say, an old Michael Jackson video. Speaking of MJ, E! Online has reported that the Jackson brothers have plans for an upcoming tour, and Jackie Jackson says that a Michael Jackson holographic performance could “absolutely” go on tour with them. A holographic moon dance?! A performance Princess Leia’s hologram would be proud of. Need more proof that holograms have gone viral? Kanye West owns the top tweet on holograms saying, “Yo Hologram Tupac, I’m real happy for you and I’ma let you finish but Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the best holograms of all time!!!!!!!”
So are holographic performances the future of concert events? I doubt it, but they could see more use at concerts by bringing ‘dead rock stars’ to life. What do you think?
Random thought of the day:
I have the answers to the ethics test if anyone needs them.