It's not the first time the rapper's hologram has had a police run-in, either
Chief Keef‘s ‘Bang 3 Hologram Fest’ in Los Angeles has been shut down after the ‘headline act’ got through just one song, the latest in a series of show cancellations and shutdowns for the series.
Billboard reports that the September 18 show was moved to the car park outside Henry Fonda Theatre, after a team member was hurt during preparation two days earlier. Chief Keef – who was present at the concert but didn’t take to the stage in person – is said to have made it through ‘I Don’t Like’ before the show was shut down. Officers on the site are reported to have told local journalists that the shutdown was due to the lack of a permit.
Before Chief Keef, a 2Pac hologram had featured, alongside a Marilyn Monroe impersonator.
Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA, responded angrily to the shutdown in a post-show statement, suggesting:
“The city of Los Angeles was clearly doing the dirty work of corporate giant AEG by shutting down Chief Keef’s festival. It was shaping up to be a great night at the lot and we had 80,000 fans watching on FilmOn.com. We are so pissed off we are planning to build a permanent venue for hologram concerts next to AEG’s Fonda Theater.”
The Chief Keef hologram previously appeared briefly at the Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana on July 25 to help raise money for the family of a toddler who was killed earlier that month, before that show was also shut down by police.
David also responded angrily to the previous shutdown, too, saying:
“Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. And for taking away money that could have gone to help the victims’ families.”
“This was a legal event and there was no justification to shut it down besides your glaring disregard for the first amendment right to free speech. Mark my words if you censor us you only make us stronger.”
A hologram concert featuring Whitney Houston was recently announced for next year, with a ‘major’ American location yet to be confirmed. 2Pac also appeared in hologram form at Coachella back in 2012, seemingly kicking off the current trend.