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Tupac? Dio? Elvis with the Beatles? Hologram tours could hit Tampa Bay sooner than you think

Snoop Dogg and a hologram of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012.

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Snoop Dogg and a hologram of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012.



When a hologram of Tupac Shakur "performed" at Coachella in 2012, it sparked the idea that hologram tours could revolutionize the concert industry. Michael Jackson! Frank Sinatra! Whitney Houston! Elvis Presley opening for the Beatles! Finally, we could see them all again!

Five years later, the technogy isn't quite there. But it's getting close. Venue officials around Tampa Bay have discussed booking hologram tours for a while now, and while nothing has come close to fruition, it's only a matter of time.

"We constantly get asked about things like this, whether it could work or not," said Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall's executive vice president for entertainment. "I'd love to. Because we're not going to get Michael Jackson again. We're not going to get Prince again."

Specifically on Prince, Rossi said: "If you're telling me it's going to be six (production) trucks, and you've got (Revolution guitarist) Dez Dickerson and (the Time's) Terry Lewis and Morris Day in the band, that could work. Sheila E, maybe. This could go big-time. You still have some components that are so legit. I would do that in a heartbeat."

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[Last modified: Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:51am]


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