April 25, 2012 17:45
Tupac hologram maker: 'I'd like to bring Elvis back to sing alongside Justin Bieber'
Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and Whitney Houston holograms also being considered by boffins
Disappointed that Dr. Dre's stalling on the idea of taking the Tupac hologram on tour?
Fear not, because the boffins behind the technology have revealed they're looking at bringing a whole range of iconic musicians back from beyond the grave in the future – meaning one could be coming to a town near you soon.
From Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix right through to Michael Jackson and even Whitney Houston - who only passed away in February – the eggheads from Musion Technology Ltd claim they've got a number of dead stars in their sights.
Speaking to NME, Head of Music at the firm Sanj Surati said that seeing Elvis onstage with Justin Bieber "would be a cool thing".
Asked who else was on his radar for holographic resurrections, he replied:
Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, oh and Michael Jackson would be the ultimate one. Maybe even Whitney Houston.
His comments come after tabloid reports earlier this week suggested a hologram of Michael Jackson could tour alongside his brothers in the Jackson 5. The late King Of Pop's brother Jackie commented that the idea was "wonderful" – and had already been mooted two years ago.
Although Dr Dre has said that the Tupac hologram was "strictly for Coachella", Surati has argued that it'd "make sense" to take Tupac's likeness on tour.
"This is obviously a historic and exciting initiative that we're all witnessing currently, and it would make sense for them to bring it to Europe and maybe take it to the rest of the world," he said.
The hologram addressed the Coachella crowd and also performed '2 Of Americaz Most Wanted' as a duet with Snoop Dogg during the gigs. Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur is reportedly "thrilled" by the digital resurrection of her son, who was shot dead in 1996.
Scroll down to watch the Tupac hologram take to the festival's main stage on April 15.
To read a full interview with the makers of the Tupac hologram where they reveal exactly how the technology works, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now (April 25).
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