Live Streams and Holograms…The Future of Concerts?
I have a list of artists that I would pay good money to see live in concert. Unfortunately, that list consists of a few people that are not alive, but with technology that may no longer matter. For the finale of Coachella’s opening weekend, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were joined on stage by their former DeathRow label mate and friend Tupac Shakur. An eerie life-size hologram of the notorious rapper that has been deceased for more than fifteen years joined the two on stage for two songs. The crowd was shocked and excited to see the all too real figure complete with glistening abs dance around stage. Shakur’s three minute appearance over shadowed cameos by the still alive and kicking Wiz Khalifa, Eminem, and 50 Cent. The most shocking moment was when Tupac greeted the crowd saying, “What’s Up Coachella!” Coachella wasn’t even a thought in the maker’s head when Tupac was murdered back in the 90s but our advanced technology dubbed his voice to sound pretty darn authentic.
The beauty of our advanced technology being incorporated into musical endeavors is that music is available to everyone no matter their location and it even can connect generations. Most of the Coachella campers were probably toddlers when Tupac was at his prime, but they were able to see him in concert. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival did an excellent job of incorporating social media into the weekend. For those not lucky enough to obtain passes, the entire weekend was broadcast live stream via the festival’s Youtube channel. Fans were able to flip to three stages and could plan their day with the minute by minute schedule. I saw The Weeknd perform an acoustic set that was amazing and the best part was it was free and I experienced it from the comfort of my own bed.
After viewing the live stream via Youtube I thought “could this be the future of concerts?” Would I possibly be able to see Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, and Whitney Houston perform “live” in an arena near me? Will the future of concerts be that we will have to one day buy tickets just to view live stream and can then pay extra to have holograms shun into our living rooms for private showcases. Then of course it led to other questions such as would I or other fans pay to see a hologram of our favorite artists? Is it better to let them rest in peace or is it another way fans can continue to keep their memory, image, and music alive. While the Tupac appearance was great and the perfect finale to a great festival weekend, I would rather not have artists rise from the dead. The scene reminded me too much of the movie The Illusionist. It was a great one time site, but hopefully it won’t catch on. Let me know what you think. Would you want Lady GaGa to send a hologram to perform if she got sick or reschedule the show? Are you ready to have Jimi Hendrix rise from the dead in a life size hologram or do you think we should keep live concerts for the living? Leave your comments below.
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