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Monday, April 16, 2012

Tupac resurrected at 2012 Coachella Music Festival

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The first weekend of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival happened over the weekend in California, and while early buzz surrounded the performance of Radiohead, it was clearly Tupac's appearance with Dr. Dre that no one can stop talking about.

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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were the Sunday headliners and though they brought plenty of guests - 50 Cent, Eminem, Warren G and Wiz Khalifa among them - it was the use of a 3D hologram that has everyone buzzing.

Tupac Shakur appeared on stage as a hologram to sing "Hail Mary" followed by "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" with Snoop. Though some of the footsteps were a bit out of sync and made him look like he was moonwalking, for the most part it was simply impressive - and so lifelike it was a bit creepy.

The hologram was the work of AV Concepts and took roughly four months to create. The only question I have is, how did they get him to say, "What's up Coachella?!?"

I'm curious to see if they use the same thing next weekend for the second weekend of the festival.

It's not the first time holograms have been used - some examples include Alicia Keys singing with Frank Sinatra at the 2008 Grammy Awards and Celine Dion singing with Elvis on American Idol in 2007.

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