April 17, 2012 9:00

Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre to take Tupac hologram on tour?

Reports today (April 17) suggest that the rappers are planning to take 'Virtual Tupac' out on the road

Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre to take Tupac hologram on tour?

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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are reportedly planning to take the hologram of Tupac, which took to the stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yesterday (April 15), out on tour.

The lifelike hologram appeared during the rappers' joint headline set at the California festival, which also saw guest performances from Eminem, 50 Cent and Warren G. Buoyed by the success of this, reports today (April 17) suggest that the pair want to take the recreation out on the road.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a close source to Dr Dre has said that he and Snoop Dogg are considering a tour that would see them performing alongside the virtual Tupac.

Plans under discussion reportedly include a tour in stadiums alongside Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa, and a smaller, more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac.

The hologram was created by US company Digital Domain, whose chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich described the hologram as "most complicated thing that can be done" and said that Dr Dre has "a vision" for using holograms in the future. He said: "To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done. This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion. This is just the beginning. Dre has a massive vision for this."

Scroll down to watch the Tupac hologram take to the festival's main stage. The entire line-up, which includes Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bon Iver and Florence And The Machine will return to the Empire Polo Field site next weekend (April 20-22). This is the first time the festival has spanned two weekends.

For more action from the weekend, including photo galleries and video interviews, head to NME.COM/Coachella

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