Some music legends may be gone, but thanks to modern technology, you'll still be able to see them
live in concert.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in the wake of Tupac Shakur's surprise resurrection via illusion last weekend at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are looking into the once-eccentric idea of taking the late rapper's ghostly visage out on tour.
Tupac, of course, died back in 1996, but he was introduced to a whole new generation of fans thanks to the wizards at Hollywood digital effects house Digital Domain.
The firm created a CGI version of the rapper performing on "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," technically not a 3-D hologram as has been widely reported. Then, with the help of a Victorian-era magician's trick called Pepper's Ghost that used angled reflectors to create the illusion that he was actually alive and on stage, video of the stunt hit the Internet and became a viral sensation by Monday.
Given that reception, reps for Dre and Snoop, old friends and collaborators of the hip-hopster, tell the Journal that the two are considering mounting an arena tour that would feature the dead entertainer in all his creepy virtual glory.
"This is just the beginning," Digital Domain's chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich, told the paper. "Dre has a massive vision for this."
And Snoop's late cousin, Nate Dogg, may join in the fun too.
Before the virtual MCs can hit the road, sources say there are a lot of technical issues that must be worked out and any number of those could derail the plans.
Just please don't have 2Pac sing "I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto," OK?