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The Recap : Coachella 2012 “Weekend 1” Goes Down In History With The Amazing Performances & The Resurrection Of Tupac

It’s no doubt about it ,that  Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2012 Weekend 1 will be the most talked about music festival for years to come.

This is why we must tip our hat to the whole production team respsonsible for the making of  Coachella  especially the behind the scenes  “magicians”.

However the main dish to dinner was the stellar lineup and  performances from the various artist , djs , back up dancers  and musicians. Including  the mind blowing set from Dre and Snoop Dogg  featuring the  resurrection of Tupac, as the saying goes ” you can’t keep a good man down “.

In case you couldn’t be there to catch the shows or was unable to view the live stream on youtube ,  below  shows  some photos and videos of the best guest performances from Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012:

Coachella 2012 Artist Line Up

View Of The Crowd At Coachella

Among some of the artist was the beautiful fashionista Rihanna ,in the mist of her performance she screamed to the crowd “Katy Perry! Make some noise for my main bitch in the house tonight!” who was clearly going bonkers over the amount of pop superpower in the Sahara tent at the same time. Watch RiRi’s full performance in the video below:

Katy Perry and Rihanna in the audience during day three of the Coachella Music Festival in Los Angeles on April 15

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino’s broken foot did not get in the way of his exceptionable performance when he hit the main stage Saturday afternoon,he said, “I’m bouncin’ with a broken foot!” , but the injury hardly slowed him down.

The indefatigable rapper was so energetic onstage, it was entirely believable when he threatened, “I’m gonna break the other one!” 

The highlight of  of his extremely well-received set included “You Know Me,” when he brought out of-the-moment rappers Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown  onstage to help him ‘bounce’.

Peep some of the highlights of his performance below :

Frank Ocean At Coachella 2012


Azealia Banks performs during Day 2, Weekend 1 of the Coachella Music Festival on April 14, 2012

Azealia Banks was also a performer at Coachella, for those who are unfamiliar with her, you can check her out below.


Among the the singers and rappers also laid some of the top djs , German electro duo Modeselektor and David Guetta both  threw a crazy set . But  David added a twist to things when surprised guest Usher  emerged to a smoke filled stage to perform Nothing But The Beat‘s “Without You”sending the crowd  in a schitzy.

Watch Usher join Guetta on stage below: 

  To close off  the first weekend of Coachella we head back to the main stage  with the last performance coming from  Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg’s  incredible set  which will be pretty hard for anyone to top.Featuring  artists 50 cent, ,  images of Nate Dogg appeared on a screen in the background as Snoop performed ‘Ain’t No Fun, Wiz Khalifa , Emniem and Tupac . All these talented artist on one stage , unavailable isn’t it?

Dre & Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg And 50 Cent On Stage At Coachella Weekend 1 2012

Wiz & Snoop On Stage At Coachella 2012

Eminem, right, appears onstage to perform with Dr. Dre during the headlining performance by Dre and Snoop Dogg on the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Indio, Calif.

Peep below to witness Eminem’s  amazing performance  at coachella :

The most talked about aspect of Coachella was undoubtedly the Tupac hologram (which, of course, already has a parody Twitter account).

“What up, Coachella?” the shirtless, pants sagging MC asked the crowd before bouncing into the classic single “Hail Mary.”

There is no question about it that everyone who witness  the re- appearance of the West Coast rapper  was in awe , especially those who were either wasted or high, was definitely tripping and  losing it after seeing  that performance.
MTV caught up with the president of AV Concepts, Nick Smith, the man behind the creation and this is what we scooped from the interview.

Smith says that the company has the ability to visually recreate the dead. ”You can take their likenesses and voice,” he says. “[You] can take people that haven’t done concerts before or perform music they haven’t sung and digitally recreate it.”

The resurrection of ‘Pac, who was murdered in 1996, would have been a face-melting surprise had word about the stunt not leaked out just a few days before the set. But the 100,000 or so fans who were on hand still couldn’t believe it when Tupac materialized on stage to rip off “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”

“We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that projected and staged the hologram. “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.”

According to a spokesperson for Dre, the lifelike image of Shakur was created by Hollywood effects house Digital Domain, the Oscar-winning CG factory that made CG images of Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Jeff Bridges in “TRON: Legacy,” Kevin Bacon in “X-Men: First Class” and Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The virutal ‘Pac was the vision of Dre, who worked with his longtime partner Philip Atwell of Geronimo Productions and Dylan Brown of The Yard.

Smith said he wasn’t allowed to talk about the creative aspects of the production — including how the hologram was able to seemingly perform the set in synch with Snoop and whether all the vocals were ‘Pac’s — but he did say that his company has the ability to recreate long-dead figures and visually recreate them 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.

The hologram was the latest visual magic pulled off by AV, which is also behind the 2005 Grammys performance featuring Madonna and the holographic members of the Gorillaz, as well as holograms used in concert by Celine Dion and the Black Eyed Peas.

The Tupac hologram was several months in the planning and took nearly four months to create in a studio and though Smith was not able to reveal the exact price tag for the illusion, he said a comparable one could cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $400,000 to pull off. “I can’t say how much that event cost, but I can say it’s affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country,” he said.

The life-size Tupac was amazingly realistic, down to the late rapper’s signature tattoos, Timberland boots, jewelry and movements, all of which were also recreated under the direction of Dre and his team.

If you did not catch the show or view the video peep it below after the jump

If You Missed The First Weekend , Check Out The Highlights On Youtube

What are your  thoughts on The first weekend of Coachella and Tupac’s  “resurrection”? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter!


One thought on “The Recap : Coachella 2012 “Weekend 1” Goes Down In History With The Amazing Performances & The Resurrection Of Tupac

  1. Great review and recap, I do believe all of the artist did an incredible job but you are absolutely right no one can top that ending dre and snoop did for the first weekend of coachella …

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