Dr Dre: ‘Tupac hologram was strictly for Coachella’

But rapper doesn't totally rule out touring with show-stealing technology

Dr Dre has said that the Tupac hologram was created “strictly for Coachella” – but has not completely ruled out touring with the technology.

Dre and Snoop Dogg performed alongside the image of the rapper, who was shot dead in 1996, at the California festival last weekend (April 15) and last night (22) – and subsequent reports had suggested the pair were set to take the hologram on the road.

However, in a short YouTube clip posted online last night, which you can view below, Dre remained vague about the possibility of bringing Tupac back in future, adding “we’ll see”. He said:

As you know, a hologram of Tupac was part of our show…It was strictly for Coachella – get it right. I wanna get rid of all the rumours out there. This was not done for a tour. If a tour happens, we’ll see. This was done strictly for Coachella 2012, baby. Just for you.

Last week, Dre spoke of his pride at bringing the hologram of Tupac into the public eye, and said he hoped other iconic artists such as Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix could also be brought back on stage.

Speaking to NME last week, the boffins behind the Tupac hologram said it would “make sense” to take the image of the late rapper 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,” said Sanj Surati, Head of Music at holographic projection firm Musion.

The hologram addressed the Coachella crowd and also performed ‘2 Of Americaz Most Wanted’ as a duet with Snoop Dogg during the gig. Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur is reportedly “thrilled” by the digital resurrection of her son.

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