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Death may not stop Tupac from touring

  • After festival appearance, 'Hologram' Tupac may go on tour
  • Find out how the 2-D replica of the fallen star was created
  • Which other artists would you love to see digitally resurrected?
Death may not stop Tupac from touring

Tupac Performs at Coachella

Tupac Performs at Coachella

Tupac Shakur is proving there’s no rest, even in the afterlife. The world’s most inexhaustible deceased rapper may soon add touring to his busy schedule.

Tupac surprised the Coachella music festival when he performed Sunday night despite his shooting death more than 15 years ago. Tupac's life-like, 2-D image became an Internet sensation. Now, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are considering taking him on a tour, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Representatives for Snoop and Dr. Dre plan to discuss the logistics of a Tupac tour, according to the Journal. Options on the table include a stadium tour and could involve rappers such as Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. A more limited tour -- involving smaller arenas -- is also a possibility.

"This is just the beginning," Digital Domain's chief creative officer Ed Ulbrich told the Journal. "Dre has a massive vision for this."

Dr. Dre, for his part, is tight-lipped about the touring rumors. 

"There's nothing to talk about," Dr. Dre's longtime rep Lori Earl told HLN. "There's a whole other weekend of Coachella, and we want the experience for those fans to be as unique and special as it was for those who saw it the first weekend."

How did they do it?

Digital Domain Media Group digitally resurrected the fallen West Coast rapper for a concert set that included his song “Hail Mary.” But the virtual Tupac didn’t originate from repurposed video of past performances.

"This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion,” Ulbrich said.

Ulbrich told the Journal the film available was too old to use. So, the company re-created Tupac’s likeness using a computer, then used physical characteristics and movements captured during his performances to enhance it.

To project the image, a company called AV Concepts used a visual effect known as Pepper’s Ghost. It relies on a piece of angled glass to reflect the image.

The result isn’t a hologram, which is 3-D; it’s actually a 2-D projection that appears as a 3-D effect. A similar trick was used to create a Frank Sinatra illusion for a 2003 concert. 

Now that a Tupac tour is a possibility, would you be interested in attending? 

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