Eazy-E and Ol Dirty Bastard's families gave their blessings to feature hologram versions of the late rappers at Rock The Bells.
There were a lot of mixed feelings surrounding the Tupac hologram at Coachella. While many were impressed by the technological achievement, others were left uncomfortable with the posthumous performance. When it was announced that both Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard would appear in hologram-form at this year's Rock The Bells festival, similar feelings arose, but as far as the late rapper's families are concerned, they are fully on board with the choice.
Eazy's widow, Tomica Wright has been very supportive of the use of her loved one's image. "This is the perfect setting because it's nostalgic – it's bringing back someone that's opened doors, both ODB and Eazy-E," said Wright. "It has to be the right place in the right form."
ODB's mother, Cherry Jones also expressed positive feelings concerning the use of her son's hologram."This keeps the artists alive. Dirty was a great artist onstage. This is going to be something else, because he was really great onstage," she explained. "I just want to see the look on his sister and brother's face, his children, grandchildren . . . I can't wait."
The other performers at this year's Rock The Bells are also excited to share the stage with the late legends."On behalf of bone thugs n harmony we can't wait to hit the stage this year for rock the bells with our mentor and the person who started gangsta rap and put us on in the industry to do what we love!" said Bone Thugs' manager Steve Lobel. "It is going to feel awesome being on stage with Eazy-E performing again with him!"
The holograms will appear at the first Rock The Bells Date at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California, on September 7th and 8th.
Chheck out the full lineup and list of dates here.