News: Dr. Dre Breaks Silence On Tupac Shakur Hologram Tour Talks
Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 8:30PM
Less than a week after performing on-stage with a holographic Tupac Shakur at the annual Coachella music festival, Dr. Dre now confirms there are talks for a nationwide tour.
While still in the early stages, Dre said there is a possible future for holographic Pac.
While nothing has been made official, Dre said, "I think everybody's in love with it right now. We're having fun." The rapper-producer noted that the current technology only allows for flat projections that appear three-dimensional from the front, but he said he's "working on some new and different things for the future." He also mentioned how he hopes other artists will be able to bring out their favorites in hologram form: "Hopefully we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye . . . Let's see what happens." Following the success of the performance, there's been plenty of talk about the possibility of taking the Tupac hologram on tour. (Rolling Stone)
Tour talks began to heat up following last Sunday's Coachella performance.
Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the two performers and the virtual Tupac, according to a person familiar with the discussions. 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. (Wall Street Journal)
This week, one-time Pac nemesis Nas said the performance blew him away.
For Nas, the hologram was a reminder of the fallen rapper's cultural significance. And who better than West Coast legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg -- who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dre's "The Chronic" later this year -- to herald that message? "It makes sense that Dre and Snoop would bring him out -- they are kings in the hip-hop business, and they prove it time and time again," says Nas. "That's what it's all about. We love Tupac, the world loves Tupac, and he's one of the greatest hip-hop artists who ever lived. He deserves that, to be celebrated like that and remembered like that." (Billboard)
West Coast rap veteran Warren G imagined the hologram technology getting used on the late Notorious B.I.G.
Warren believes that the holographic technology used to bring 'Pac to the stage can be a powerful tool in uniting different rap factions. Ultimately he hopes the excitement surrounding Dre and Snoop's Coachella performance can spawn a bigger tour and possibly lead to a similar stunt starring the Notorious B.I.G. "That would be dope for Puffy to come on and we just do one of the biggest, majorest tours ever where it happens like that," he said. "He could go out and do the same thing..." (RapFix)
Check out the performance footage below: