By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
The 2013 Rock the Bells line up was announced on Tuesday (May 14) and features a who's who of hip-hop. From repeat headliners Wu-Tang Clan to newer names like Kid Cudi and Tyler, the Creator, the annual festival also includes Big K.R.I.T., Juicy J and Danny Brown. Most interesting, are special appearances by deceased rappers Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan and late N.W.A. member Eazy-E, who will perform via hologram.
Fans on Twitter were confused and shocked by the virtual performances. "Yeah at Rock The Bells this year there is gonna be a hologram ODB and Eazy E playing… Gonna be weird" summed up a fan. Another thought the use of holograms marked the end of the festival. "Rock The Bells just jumped the shark BIG TIME with these hologram performances," while one said succinctly, "you need to stop this hologram foolishness." The 2DopeBoyz Twitter handled asked, "so, does anybody else find "hologram" eazy-e & ODB performances at this year's rock the bells a bit... unsettling?"
Last year, Coachella spearheaded the hologram rapper movement by bringing back 2Pac Shakur from the dead. What up, Coachella?" the shirtless, eerie image asked the crowd before rapping his classic "Hail Mary.
Rock the Bells shows kick off at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California, on September 7-8 followed by the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, on September 14-15 and Festival Grounds @ RFK in Washington, D.C., on September 28-29. The final run will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, New Jersey, on October 4-5.