Well, I knew something like this was inevitable, but for some reason I always thought it would be robots. Apparently, a hologram of the late Tupac Shakur joined Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg onstage at Coachella on Sunday.
Is this a good idea? A bad idea? A terrible idea? It doesn’t matter — holographic entertainment is here to stay. It just makes too much sense. Holograms are going to be cheaper than real musicians, not to mention more reliable. No more “The singer is holed up in his dressing room with three groupies and a big pile of coke and won’t come out”; if he gives you trouble, just reboot him.
I can imagine whole package tours of holograms coming to town: a 50s tour headlined by Elvis; a 60s tour with the Fab Four topping the bill; for the 70s, I don’t know, maybe young Dave Bowie co-headlining with Bob Marley? Representing the 80s, Devo back when they didn’t suck; and for the 90s, who else but Kurt Cobain? I don’t know how his living bandmates would feel about that, but it definitely seems like the kind of idea Courtney would go for.
Maybe this concept horrifies you. Maybe it should. But can you guarantee you won’t be tempted when Hologram Jimi Hendrix comes to town? I can’t.