Gluten-Free at Coachella (Part 2)
So this post has been long in the making. By now, I'm sure you have heard about the Tupac hologram that was used at the Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg concerts at Coachella. If by some chance you missed the news or just don't follow rap (my mother says it's crap and not really music anyways), then you missed a dead rapper (Tupac) virtually coming alive to perform in front of a bewildered Coachella crowd.
While the hologram was very lifelike (size, shape, etc.) it also seemed to be interactive as it appeared to hold a conversation with Snoop Dogg on stage. Most news reporters talked about how the effect was either really cool or corny. What the journalists did not tell you was how confused the crowd was when the hologram first appeared.
You see...Tupac's hologram first appeared by rising out of the stage floor as if from a trap door. Now this is a common stage entrance choice by artists. When the hologram began to speak and then rap the crowd fell dead silent. After a few minutes you could hear people ask "Who is that guy," or "Man he sure looks a lot like Tupac." It took us awhile to understand what we were actually witnessing.
If you haven't seen the video of the concert, you may still be able to find a snippet of it online via YouTube. Although, YouTube has been policing all the Coachella videos and most unauthorized amateur videos have been removed. I uploaded my own videos twice now, and within a day they were all removed. If you are able to find a video showing the hologram, I can tell you that the videos do not do it justice. Because of the camera angles and lighting, there are times you can see right through the hologram. Having seen the hologram at the concert, I can honestly say that it looked solid and gave the appearance of a real person. I never saw through it during the performance. And that is probably why so many concert goers were perplexed for awhile.
Overall I saw a total of 29 performances from various artists in three days. It was an intense and exhilarating experience that completely wore me out. I know...you feel sorry for me right? Next year I've got to remember to give myself another day off after Coachella before going back to work, a kind of vacation from my vacation, but I digress.
Here is my concert lineup for the weekend, some photos, and videos (shot by Coachella staff).
- The Sheepdogs
- Hello Seahorse!
- Artic Monkeys
- The Rapture
- The Black Keys
- Swedish House Mafia
- Housse de Racket
- Le Butcherettes
- The Hives
- Girl Talk
- Florence and The Machine
- Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg