TLC will resurrect deceased group mate Lisa Left Eye Lopes, a la the Tupac Coachella hologram, for a 2012 reunion tour.
TMZ reported on Wednesday that TLC will reunite for the first time in nearly a decade to tour the U.S. Left Eye, who died in a car accident in 2002 in Honduras, will make a special appearance via hologram.
The big surprise ... we're told the group plans to pull a Tupac -- incorporating their deceased former member Left Eye in the shows, projecting her image on a big screen and working her vocals into the live performances, reported TMZ.
Tionne T-Boz Watkins and Rozonda Chilli Thomas are on board and five major cities have already been booked, according to TMZ.
Wednesday, April 25, marks the tenth anniversary since Left Eye's tragic death.
Left Eye was one of the most daring members of the TLC trio, a group that was enormously popular and progressive in the 1990s. Left Eye rocked condom eye-patches and rapped lyrics like, If I need it in the morning or the middle of the night, I ain't too proud to beg. The group shot to fame with hits like No Scrubs, Waterfalls and Unpretty.
MTV published a detailed tribute to Left Eye, her career and the impact she had on the music industry during her short 30-year life.
Lisa Left Eye Lopes could be one of the first celebrities resurrected since the success of Tupac Shakur's hologram at the 2012 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
Many marveled at the advanced technology used to create the Tupac hologram.
MTV News' Gil Kaufman caught up with Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the company that projected and staged the hologram at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in the Mojave Desert. AV Concepts was behind Madonna's 2006 Grammy performance featuring holographic members of Gorillaz as well as holograms used in concert by the Black Eyed Peas and Celine Dion.
We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre's vision to bring this back to life, Smith told MTV News. It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life.
Nick Smith told MTV News that he could not discuss the creative particulars behind the Tupac hologram, including how the hologram was able to seemingly perform the set in sync with Snoop and whether all the vocals were 'Pac's. However, he did say that AV Concepts has the ability to recreate deceased individuals in the studio. You can take their likenesses and voice and ... take people that haven't done concerts before or perform music they haven't sung and digitally recreate it, he said.
Many predicted that the business of resurrecting celebrities would boom because of the success of Tupac's hologram.
This is certainly going to be big money in so many ways, Mark Roesler, who manages dead celebrities through his agency, CMG Worldwide, told FOX News. I can imagine someone organizing a new kind of reunion tour. We already go to Las Vegas to see all of the acts from the fifties, sixties and seventies.
The technology has evolved so much that these celebrities have a lot of new opportunities and the audience can experience them in different ways, Roesler said. The technology is not only more lifelike now but it is also more cost-efficient. As it keeps becoming more of both we will definitely see more of it.
Would you go see Lisa Left Eye Lopes in the TLC reunion tour?