At the May 14th press conference launching the 2013 Rock The Bells tour came the surprising announcement that deceased rap legends Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan (who died in 2004) and Eazy-E of N.W.A. (who died in 1995) would both be appearing onstage at the 10-year anniversary of the traveling hip-hop festival.
In an exclusive interview with Radio.com, Rock the Bells founder Chang Weisberg made a point to explain what exactly fans can expect to see from the late rappers.
“It’s an original virtual performance, not a hologram,” Weisberg insisted. “I never used the word hologram. There are a number of multimedia visual effects that will be applied that will definitely at the very least make the performances look like a hologram. People’s minds will be blown.”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s virtual performance will be part of Wu-Tang Clan’s headlining appearances, marking the 20th anniversary of that band’s 1993 full-length debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It will follow the collective’s triumphant shows at this year’s Coachella festival.
“Then we have Bone Thugs-n-Harmony with Tomica Wright representing Eazy-Z,” he continued, in reference to the popular ‘90s hip-hop act that Eazy-E signed to his Ruthless Records label in 1993, and whose show will feature the late rapper’s virtual performance.