Rock The Bells Founder: Eazy-E & ODB Will Appear In ‘Virtual Performances, Not Holograms’
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.