Hologram Fever Hits as TLC Plans Reunion Tour with Virtual Left Eye
Taking a cue from the recent hologram of Tupac Shakur at this year’s Coachella festival, TLC has announced that they will go on tour with late member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
A representative of the two surviving members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas announced yesterday that the group will tour for the first time in nearly a decade. But the most notable part of the announcement was that Lopes would be joining the tour.
Left Eye’s voice will be incorporated into the songs performed on the tour, while her image will be projected on a big screen on the stage. So far, it has been announced that five dates are booked for the tour, though no other details about those dates have yet been revealed. The representative also did not say if other dates are likely to be added in the future.
The announcement comes exactly ten years to the day after Lopes was killed in a car accident in Honduras. She was filming a documentary for VH1 at the time. The documentary was later released under the title “The Last Days of Left Eye.”
The news comes just weeks after Coachella fans were surprised to be greeted by a hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur during a performance by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. An image of the rapper was created by the companies AV Concepts and Digital Domain, and featured Tupac rapping and moving around the stage.
TLC was in the middle of recording their fourth album at the time of Lopes’ death. The surviving members finished the record and released it as 3D in October 2002. The next year, the group performed their final concert during the Zootopia event presented by New York Radio Station Z100. The performance featured a tribute to Lopes and was witnessed by 60,000 fans.