ASSORTED DECLARATIONS BY STAFF WRITER TOM GRAHAM
Surveying the land
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Share your feelings. You’ll feel better once you get them out of your system.
A ghost is born
The biggest story at Sunday’s Coachella music festival in California didn’t come from an up-and-coming act winning over the crowd of festival goers with tenacity and drive. The biggest story was Tupac Shakur, rising from the great beyond and “appearing” on stage along with fellow rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Although he was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996 at age 25, that couldn’t stop him from joining his homeboys on stage for the hits “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”
Digital Domain Media Group used a technological trick they have only executed in the past to bring back deceased CEOs for corporations, but they wowed the crowd at Coachella by digitally capturing Tupac’s physique and delivery. The image of Shakur was digitally designed, using physical characteristics and movements captured from archived data. The 2-D image was then displayed on a Mylar screen giving the illusion of a real, back from the dead, shirtless Tupac rapping once again in front of a sea of adorning fans.
Is it too much to ask deceased pop icons to “perform” once again? I still don’t know how I feel about this, but now I know Michael Jackson will be singing “Dirty Diana” on tour again within the next five years.
Did you ever go to a concert and have a completely life changing experience? Did you ever meet that special someone at a show only to be separated by the bustle of the sweeping crowd and crunching guitars? Did you recently impregnate a woman in a bathroom at a Megadeth/Motorhead show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago?
Well, she’s looking for you.
The woman turned to Craigslist’s Missed Connections section to find the father, only described as a man with a “red mohawk, black pentagram gauges and viper piercings.”
After describing the dirty deed in extreme detail, she ends her plea with “Anyway I’m pregnant. It’s yours. Contact me if you want to be part of your child’s life.”
The ad on Craigslist has since been removed and I’m assuming a certain someone has also shaved off his red mohawk.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: The Lemonheads Car Button Cloth (Atlantic) 1996