The eerie and extremely realistic holographic image of Tupac Shakur, the beloved rapper that was murdered in 1996, made international news at the Coachella music festival. The marquee performance of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg was the festival’s main event, but Tupac stole the show, appearing and greeting the crowd. The holographic image was so well-produced that many in the crowd thought that it was the real thing. Now, reports are that Tupac might be going on the road, albeit in holographic form.
Apparently Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are planning to use the Coachella performance as a springboard for a massive stadium tour of rap artists, even including such big names in the genre as 50 Cent and Eminem. Tupac as a hologram is expected to be included. The image was designed by Digital Domain Media Group. They created special effects for the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button previously for the character played by Brad Pitt.
Celine Dion sang a duet with a holographic Elvis Presley on American Idol a few years back. The Elvis Presley image was designed using the same technology, although it has certainly progressed since, with the Tupac image being much more realistic and fluid. The idea of thousands flocking to see a hologram may seem insane to most, but in Japan, it’s old news. There is an entire band that attracts large crowds that is entirely holographically generated.