The line-up for the tenth annual Rock The Bells tour was announced on Tuesday May 14th and two names have been making more news than many of the other performers on the bill. And they’re dead.
Following in the footsteps of Tupac Shakur’s virtual performance at Coachella in 2012, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E will be taking the stage as holograms this summer. ODB will be coming out during the Wu-Tang Clan’s set and Eazy-E will be keeping it gangsta with Bone Thugs N Harmony.
The reactions to the announcement have been mixed with some expressing outrage while other fans seem pleased with the notion.
an ODB hologram? i hope said hologram impregnates the projector operator’s daughter.—
thomas magnum IV (@the_blueprint) May 15, 2013
Congrats to the O.D.B., the first Brooklyn native to be made into a hologram! tinyurl.com/aw4yyon—
(@Brokelyn) May 15, 2013
The company responsible for the Tupac Shakur hologram, Digital Domain Media Group Inc., filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, so it is unclear who will be creating the ODB and Eazy-E projections. The Tupac hologram was rumored to have cost between $100,000 and $400,000 to create. Watch the performance from Coachella below.
ODB died of an accidental overdose in 2004 and Eazy-E died of complications from AIDS in 1995.