We want them back!!! When our favorite artist(s) passes away, we miss them and often yearn to see or feel their energy one more time. We listen to their music and wear their merchandise because it may remind us of a specific time or the feeling they gave us when we first discovered them. Musicians have a special power that we can feel better then we can explain. (Ask the fans that would faint as soon as Michael Jackson started to do the moonwalk.)
It probably would have been amazing to see the charismatic street poet Tupac bring up the Coogi downed to his socks Brooklyn spitter Biggie Smalls on stage. Jimi Hendricks picking his guitar with his teeth as herds of hippies got high to the vibrations would have been a groovy experience. Or maybe it would have been amazing to drive my ol lady in that 1979 Cadillac to a Marvin Gaye concert to get her in the mood for some late night sexual healing. (That might not be so smart, especially if Marvin brought her on stage.) TLC reigned supreme in the 90’s and it would have been phenomenal to be at a show as they performed “Creep” for adoring fans. You probably would have taken Kurt Cobain as he was on stage. Regardless of who it was, they have given us a feeling that can’t be duplicated.
However, we may not be able to physically bring them back for our own selfish reasons, but it seems technology has created ways for those artists to live on forever. We went from A-tracks, records, cassette tapes, CDs and now MP3s. We can listen to their music and experience live concerts on YouTube and Vevo. We can experience their lives in biopics, such as VH1’s TLC special Recently.
Big concerts and festivals have been utilizing technology to have hologram artists perform. Tupac at Coachella had the crowd going nuts and the TLC biopic even gave Chili and T-Boz chills from watching Lil Mama in character as Left Eye.
"She totally came into character," Chilli said of Lil Mama, who wore contacts to mimic Left Eye's distinctively large, dark pupils. "It was kind of scary. The resemblance was just crazy at times. Naturally, she kind of had some of the similar characteristics like Lisa. It was kind of eerie at times for us."
No matter if it is a biopic on your favorite television station or a hologram on the hottest concert; we love to be connected to the great musicians of our time. Here is a list of artists we wouldn’t mind seeing one more time.
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Kurt Cobain Hologram
Kurt Cobain was not a rapper or an R&B singer but he was influential. His grungy sound helped to define the 90’s. His untimely suicide showed how one person could affect so many people. A “Gone Too Soon” concert would be great to bring out a hologram of Kurt Cobain.
Notorious BIG Hologram
The 90’s was the age of the Bad Boy and they reigned supreme. It was their sound and anthems that filled the blocks, parks and streets throughout the city and suburbs. Puffy led the charge with an arsenal of Bad Boys that gave the people that feel good music. Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls was the king of New York and held it down with his royalty right beside him. It seems only right if he was able to rock out at the Barclay Center with Jay-Z and Nas. It would be amazing to make that happen and call it the 3 Kings Tour.
Drake is obsessed with Aaliyah and her sound. However, he is only one in a million of the adoring fans that felt that she had a special place in the music. The “Rock The Boat” concert would be amazing for her fans. Her crew of Ginuwine, Missy Elliott and Timbaland along with Drake would make a hell of a show. (Drake would add that sensitivity.)
Marvin Gaye Hologram
Marvin Gaye was always good with the ladies. He had concerts just for them and they showered him with panties and bras. Trey Songz and R. Kelly on stage with a hologram of the late, great Marvin Gaye would be great for a “Sexual Healing Tour”.
Whitney Houston Hologram
Whitney Houston’s sound will never be duplicated. She was a legend despite her personal trials and tribulations. When it came to singing (in her prime) there really were not too many people touching her. Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey would be a great combination to show some love for Ms. Houston on stage.
Amy Winehouse Hologram
Amy Winehouse went through so much and it always came out in her music. “Back To Black” concert with Emeli Sande and Adele headlining; They would be able to show some British love.
Rick James Hologram
Rick James has become like a mythical creature rather than music icon because of his infamous moments with Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy on The Dave Chappelle Show. “F@$% Your Couch” Tour would be an entertaining time with the original super freak.
Michael Jackson Hologram
Michael Jackson was and will always be the best. He showed us how to perform and his music will live forever. It would be hard to find a musician today that has not been affected by his music. Michael Jackson’s hologram would make a major impact even if it was up there by itself. However, if there was a “King & Queen of Pop Tour” with Beyonce that would be a great way to bring out a hologram. It would also be a great way to bring out amazing special guest from the Pop/R&B world and the Hip Hop world with the help of hubby Jay-Z.
James Brown Hologram
James Brown aka ‘The Godfather of Soul’ helped to build the foundation for the music we listen to today. He was putting rhythmic word patterns together before the B Boys of the Boogie Down Bronx started Hip Hop. How cool would it be to have some of the best artists that have sampled his music rock out with this amazing showman for a tribute concert.
Lise Left Eye Lopes Hologram
VH1 and the ladies of the ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’ cast (KeKe Palmer, Lil Mama, & Drew Sidora) did a great job exposing TLC’s perspective. It also happened to be the #1 cable original movie of the year for Adults and Women (18-49). How awesome would it be to have a tour with TLC and bringing in a hologram of Left Eye for a tribute? Maybe a tour is actually in the works. We will have to wait and see.