Tupac Shakur's hologram will have to share the afterlife green room with two new virtual artists — Eazy-E of N.W.A. and Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Like hologram Tupac taking the stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella 2012, Eazy-E will join Bone Thugs N Harmony, and ODB will reunite with the Wu-Tang Clan for "original virtual performances" as "special guests" of the 2013 Rock the Bells music festival.
KROQ reports that in an exclusive interview with Radio.com, Rock the Bells founder Chang Weisberg "made a point to explain what exactly fans can expect to see from the late rappers."
“It’s an original virtual performance, not a hologram,” Weisberg insisted. “I never used the word hologram. There are a number of multimedia visual effects that will be applied that will definitely at the very least make the performances look like a hologram. People’s minds will be blown.”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s virtual performance will be part of Wu-Tang Clan’s headlining appearances, marking the 20th anniversary of that band’s 1993 full-length debut, 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'. It will follow the collective’s triumphant shows at this year’s Coachella festival.
The traveling hip hop music festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will feature Bone Thugs N Harmony, Wu-Tang Clan, Common, Rakim, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler The Creator, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Brother Ali, Kid Cudi, E-40 & Too Short and more.
A Southern California tour stop is set for the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernandino on Sept. 7-8. Tickets go on sale May 18.
Eazy-E died in March 1995 at the age of 31, and Ol' Dirty Bastard died in 2004 at 35 years old. Eazy-E recorded the hit song "Foe tha Love of $" with Bone Thugs prior to his death in 1995, while ODB was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Meanwhile, Rock The Bells is celebrating its town 10th anniversary this year, with Peter Rosenberg and Murs 3:16 serving as hosts. Last year's lineup was topped by Nas, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Kid Cudi and J. Cole.
VIDEO: Hologram Tupac @ Coachella 2012