The late Tupac Shakur appeared at Coachella 2012….. In hologram form.
Tupac died in 1996, three years before the first Coachella festival took place, but that didn’t stop him–or at least his bizarrely lifelike 3D image–from joining Dr. Dre onstage during Dre’s much-hyped festival finale this year. Call it better gigging through technology: About halfway through Dre’s 70-minute set, what appeared to be an actual shirtless Tupac appeared onstage, greeted the crowd with “What up, Coachella?”–and then traded rhymes with Dre’s co-billed Coachella partner, the flesh-and-blood Snoop Dogg, on “Come With Me,” “Hail Mary,” and “Gangsta Party.”
Concertgoers at first seemed confused–the audience momentarily grew abnormally silent–and that confusion only increased when Tupac suddenly vaporized and vanished from the stage as quickly as he had materialized. All eyez were on him, so to speak, and then, POOF–‘Pac was gone.
Wait, can you hear it…coming soon to a city near you…The Dead Legends Hologram Tour!
Although Tupac is not the first performer to have been posthumously turned into a hologram—in 2009, a digital Frank Sinatra sang at Simon Cowell’s 50thbirthday party—he is the first to give a performance that wasn’t rendered while he was alive.
“This is not based on archival footage,” says Ed Ulbrich, chief creative officer at Digital Domain. “This is not him performing at some point. This a completely original, exclusive performance only for Coachella and that audience.” In other words, it’s a digital likeness of Tupac designed to interact with his co-performers and the crowd. At one point, Tupac even shouts “What the f— is up, Coachella!” even though the music festival didn’t exist until three years after his death.
This is not the first time we’ve seen this. In 2007 we saw Celine Dion and Elvis Presely sing together in a test run of this technology.
This was done in a control enviornment of a studio with a recorded session.
What we saw with Tupac at Coachella this weekend was done live in an outdoor atmosphere.
Matthew 24:4-5 (NKJV)
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
Matthew 24:23-26 (NKJV)
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
Don’t you think they have the technology to create a 3D holographic image of Jesus of Nazareth and then project into your minds the words…”meet Me in the desert…”?
How many sheep really know His Voice?
Falling down the rabbit hole will never be the same again!