Well this was bound to happen.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Left Eye’s tragic untimely death in a car accident in Honduras. TMZ reports today that following the smash success of Hologram Tupac at this year’s Coachella Festival, T-Boz and Chili have announced plans to resurrect Left Eye for a hologram tour this summer.
Five cities have been booked so far, and more are in the works.
That’s right. We now live in a world in which the living and the dead go on tour together. Though Dr. Dre quickly smashed rumors that he and Snoop Dogg intended to take Tupac out on tour this summer, Jackie Jackson said last week that hologram Michael may very well accompany the other Jackson brothers on a Jackson 5 tour next year. (This year’s Unity Tour won’t include the hologram.)
At worst the the hologram tour seems callously opportunistic: it’s hard to imagine something more cold-blooded that using your fallen comrade’s image to make a buck. At the same time, maybe there’s something cathartic and beautifully nostalgic about it—a chance to “get the band back together,” as Dan Akyroyd said in “The Blues Brothers,” that artists and fans alike would never have without the hologram.
Whatever it is, I think we can all agree it’s goddam strange.
Check here for a great TLC retrospective that doesn’t involve exhuming the dead.