Tupac Ready for Tour
'This is just the beginning, says creator
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2012 11:30 PM CDT
Updated Apr 17, 2012 2:10 AM CDT
A sort-of holographic image of Tupac Shakur takes the stage at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The wildly popular virtual Tupac that debuted at Coachella is ready to hit the road. Representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are discussing plans for a concert tour involving the rappers and Tupac, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. A tour might only include the trio, or could involve other rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa performing in larger stadiums. "This is just the beginning," said Ed Ulbrich, chief creative officer of Digital Domain, the company that brought the late singer back to life on stage. "Dre has a massive vision for this."

Ulbrich said the performing Tupac illusion is an incredibly complicated operation. "To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done," Ulbrich told the Journal. 'Tupac's' performances of hits "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" weren't simply recut videos, he explained. "This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion," he said. Dr. Dre approached Digital Domain a year ago to discuss the possibility of creating a virtual Tupac. The company began work on the Coachella performance four months ago. The virtual Tupac is a two-dimensional illusion and technically not a hologram, which is 3-D. Tupac was murdered 16 years ago in Las Vegas at the age of 25.

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DraftyBeer
Apr 18, 2012 3:01 PM CDT
Gotta luv America's Mud Monkeys....Big shout out to the "NWO" well done as always...clever devils the "ILLUMINATI".....
LoveSpell
Apr 17, 2012 10:06 AM CDT
I love 2Pac's music and performances just as much as the next person and I would truly love to see him perform again but I am appalled by this 2D or 3D version of him that they want to use on a tour. Why can't you just play his part of the song from a cd or something. Are they planning on splitting the profit of this tour with his family?
wwwonderer
Apr 17, 2012 9:45 AM CDT
My guess... 3D model of Tupac and some motion capture attached to an armature. Seems expensive to do on a nationwide tour level, unless you have the image perform the same exact moves/motions at each venue. My guess (again) about your best bet is to release a DVD. More controlled environment. No logistics headaches for tour stops. Dunno