After a week of fascination and speculation over the Coachella performance by the virtual Tupac Shakur during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg‘s set last Sunday, the good doc has finally chimed in on the rumors of the late “California Love” MC’s supposed tour. And, basically, there isn’t going to be a Tupac tour — or at least there’s not one in the works. “It was strictly for Coachella, get it right. I want to get rid of all the rumors out there. This was not done for a tour,” said Dre in a message to his fans.
According to HipHopDX.com, Dre went on to add, “If a tour happens, we’ll see. This was done strictly for Coachella 2012, just for you.”
Last week Dre spoke enthusiastically to TMZ about the so-called “hologram”. (Given the 2-D nature of the Coachella Tupac image, it actually wasn’t a hologram — that would require it being 3-D.) “I’m not sure right now, [there's] a technology that’s happening where the hologram could be 360 degrees,” Dre said, according to MTV News, explaining how the hologram would likely evolve. “Right now it’s flat, it just looks like it’s 3-dimensional from the front, but I’m working on some new and different things for the future.”
But the origins of that rumor of that Tupac tour could have been started by Dre himself, who apparently told TMZ, “Thinking about it, nothing for sure.”
One deterrent for staging a full concert by virtual Tupac? The cost. The two-song cameo at Coachella cost six figures alone.
Despite the eager frenzy over Pac’s visual resurrection at the Cali fest last Sunday, the Los Angeles Times is likely one outlet that won’t be crying over the debunking of a hologram tour featuring the late rapper.
“Making a ‘cameo’ as a hologram projected onto the stage and the jumbo screens above, the late Los Angeles rap icon was the least dynamic of the parade of rappers young and old who held the mike… The Tupac hologram? A red herring, unnecessary and ill advised,” quipped the newspaper’s Pop & Hiss blog last Monday.