News: UPDATE: 2Pac Hologram Creator Speaks Out, "It Was Dre's Vision To Bring This Back To Life"
Monday, Apr 16, 2012 4:50PM
Less than 24 hours after raising eyebrows by resurrecting the late Tupac Shakur at Sunday night's Coachella concert, the hologram creator now speaks on bringing "Tupac back."
Despite a mid-1990's falling out, it was reportedly Dr. Dre's vision to bring his former labelmate back to life.
"We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre's vision to bring this back to life," said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that projected and staged the hologram. "It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life." Smith said he wasn't allowed to talk about the creative aspects of the production -- including how the hologram was able to seemingly perform the set in synch with Snoop and whether all the vocals were 'Pac's -- but he did say that his company has the ability to recreate long-dead figures and visually recreate them in the studio. "You can take their likenesses and voice and ... take people that haven't done concerts before or perform music they haven't sung and digitally recreate it," he said. (MTV)
The holographic Pac performed alongside ex-Death Row Records rapper and partner, Snoop Dogg, last night.
Snoop Dogg, who was headlining, sang a duet with the deceased rapper at the Coachella festival. They were also joined by Dr. Dre. The best-selling star appeared to the sound of screaming fans after a tribute performance of his song "California Love." On the final night of the festival (15 April) the Tupac hologram performed "Hail Mary", the final single from his last album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, before Snoop Dogg joined him on stage for a performance of "Ain't Nothin' Like a Gangsta Party." (The Independent)
Grammy-award winning singer Rihanna was in attendance and revealed her shocked reaction Sunday evening.
"TupacBACK #unbelievable #IWASTHERE #STORY4myGrandKidz," she tweeted Sunday night. (Rihanna's Twitter)
Along with the late music legend, other high profile artists performed during Snoop's set.
Snoop and Dre were also joined by Eminem, who performed "I Need a Doctor" and "Forgot About Dre" with his mentor. He also ripped through "Till I Collapse." 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and newcomer Kendrick Lamar also made appearances, as the night proved to be a celebration of rap's heavy hitters, old-school classics and almost-old school hits ("In Da Club," anyone?). (Huffington Post)
Check out the Tupac performance footage below: