Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison to be Resurrected Via 'Hologram'
First Tupac, then Elvis, now this. When will it stop?
This year's Coachella saw a lot of people losing their shit — but not just in the usual 'music is my life' manner. It was less about that, and more about the sight of Tupac performing live with Dr Dre, despite the fact that the former died some 15 years ago. Though it was described by Coachella officials as a 'hologram', it later came to light (see this article from the International Business Times) that the illusion was actually based on a much older and simpler trick: an angled piece of glass on the the stage that reflects a projector image onto a seemingly invisible screen (#noholo). But no matter how the illusion was executed, it's clear that audiences were more than marginally impressed. Recall, if you will, that fateful day in April, when Facebook rampantly updated your news feed with buzzy statuses concerning the "Tupac hologram". Wild, wasn't it? Here's a clip, in case you need reminding/don't have Facebook:
Now it seems Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix are up next up on the resurrection front. Jeff Jampol, who manages the estate of Morrison, is currently curating a multimedia experience featuring The Doors, saying, "Hopefully, 'Jim Morrison' will be able to walk right up to you, look you in the eye, sing right at you and then turn around and walk away." Similarly, Hendrix's estate wants to create a virtual version of the deceased rock icon. Along with Janis Joplin, Kurt Kobain and Amy Winehouse, both musicians are part of the 27 Club — inauguration for which can only be attained by a) dying at the age of 27 and b) pre-empting it by living self-destructively (that is, adhering to the conventions of rock 'n' roll by being as 'Bad' as possible).
So, this is an appropriate time as any to inject a Bill Murray reference, right? Check out his hologram below, but perish the thought that someone like Bill might ever die — let's not entertain the prospect of his actual, substitutional hologram. Long Live Bill Murray!