I stumbled upon a Youtube video of the late Tupac Shakur performing at Coachella early this morning (below). Needless to say, my inner nerd and urban queen rejoiced about the tech and hip hop collaboration.
As the hologram screamed, “What the f-ck is up Coachella?!”, I felt as if the hip hop legend never passed and got an eerie chill. I can only imagine how Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre felt as they were performing with their late comrade on stage, for one last time. Although this is the first performance I’ve seen of a projection of a once living Rap icon, its not the first time this technology being used in a concert setting.
Hatsune Miku is a virutal pop star who’s had chart topping songs and even nailed an endorsement deal last year with Toyota to launch their new Corolla. She is any anime fanatic’s dream come true and the closest you will see an anime character, literally, “live” in concert. Her concerts have sold out and is a great reflection of how far along technology has come – see a clip of her Tokyo performance below.
This all poses a question, how does this change the concert landscape? Personally, I’m excited by the possibilities! I would love the opportunity to see our late music icons in their glory, on-stage, rocking it out on stage as if they had never left.
What are your thoughts? Who’s holographic concert would you go see?