Rap Superstar Reappears from the Grave for Coachella Finale

Tupac at Coachella 2012

Tupac at Coachella 2012

The final day of Coachella Music and Arts Annual Festival brought some unbelievable surprises. What will surely be the most talked about is the famous rap icon Tupac Shakur coming back from the grave to deliver a finale with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (video below).

Shakur was the rap icon who died violently in 1996, three full years before the first Coachella. At the 2012 featival finale, however, a so-real-it-was-scary 3D hologram of the rapper emerged from the fog on stage, greeting the crowd with “What up, Coachella?!” before breaking into a signature hit “Come With Me”.

The audiencewas seemingly in shock, fell abnormally silent while apparently trying to understand how a long-deceased rapper, (who some believe staged a cover-up of his demise,) was walking, talking and singing on stage.

While the amazingly lifelike figure on the stage was incredible, cool, and possibly even mildly disturbing, the obvious advances in technology that allowed Tupac to “come alive” for three songs has incredible implications. If it’s possible to bring Tupac back, imagine what other famous musical figures the technology opens up the possibility to see?

Entire generations since 1970 have never had the opportunity to witness Jimi Hendrix in any capacity other than in recorded music and videos. Imagine seeing the dearly departed icon — one of the most important figures in the history of music, “live” in 3D, tearing up guitar solos on stage.

The possibilities are endless — Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Muddy Waters,  Duane Allman or the original Allman  Brothers lineup, Shannon Hoon, john lennon (Beatles reunion, anyone?), Jim Morrison again playing with The Doors, Buddy Holly, and so many more that millions of people never got the opportunity to see live.

Most music fans will attest that there is nothing quite like a live performance. The mutual energy in a live setting can be electrifying. Obviously, a 3D image isn’t a real performance  – but for those who never got the pleasure of witnessing the magic of their favorite departed musician live, it would almost certainly be the closest they will ever get, and creates a fresh, exhilarating way to not only connect — but to carry on the legacy of the many musical icons that left us too soon.

Tupac Shakur Hologram Live at Coachella Music and Arts Festival

About Matt Marshall

Matt is a devout music lover and a bluesman. He has been acting Editor-in-Chief of the American Blues Scene for the past year.