Tupac Shakur and Nate Dogg Perform at Coachella… as Holograms

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For a dead guy, Tupac Shakur is pretty busy. He released seven albums after his death in 1996 and this weekend he’s slated to perform at Coachella alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

According to Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ, holographic technology will bring the star back from the dead to join in on a rendition of “California Love.” Not to be outdone, a holographic version of Nate Dogg — who died in 2011 from multiple strokes — will also be on hand to perform with his former collaborators.

(FOLLOW-UP: The Technology Behind the Tupac Hologram at Coachella)

Dr. Dre and Snoop will also be joined by such non-dead artists as Eminem and Warren G. All of Coachella will be streamed live on YouTube so you’ll be able to watch Warren G and zombie Nate Dogg perform “Regulate” from the comfort of your couch.

Now, I’m no licensed psychotherapist, but singing along with holographic versions of your deceased friends might be a little disconcerting. Then again, sleeping on giant piles of cash might help resolve those conflicted feelings.

The technology will reportedly be similar to that which let Mariah Carey perform in five different European cities at the same time last year. Cool, yes, but our favorite holographic performer will always be Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku.

UPDATE (04/16/12 — 10:53am): So this actually happened. Check out the footage below (NSFW, language) as Snoop and a shirtless Tupac hologram break into “Hail Mary” at Coachella. Creepy? You be the judge.


[via Gawker]

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