In the week since we told you that Snoop Dogg has renamed himself Snoop Lion, others have also taken notice.
And I can’t help but wonder if the lions around the Empire Polo Club inspired Snoop’s new name.
Nearly two months after Coachella headliners inspired a fascination with bringing dead celebrities “back to life” via holograms, the creators finally face a reality check.
The estate of Marilyn Monroe is threatening legal action against the company that wants to make a Monroe hologram, “Virtual Marilyn,” The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
The estate claim the hologram infringes on their exclusive rights to Monroe’s image, while Digital Domain Media Group argues they’ve been in development for so long that the statute of limitations on any objections has expired.
The Hollywood Reporter story points out that this has legal ramifications for all celebrity holograms:
The holographic Tupac Shakur performance at Coachella proved that digital resurrection of deceased celebrities could be an emerging trend, but the rights needed to pull off the spectacle are far from clear. The “Virtual Marilyn” concert is said to use the same technology as the Tupac one (observers debate whether it is technically a hologram).
We’re proud to say the hologram trend started right here in the Coachella Valley, when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg debuted their hologram on April 15 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.
Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur was reportedly thrilled by the hologram that brought her son “back to life” to perform during both weekends of Coachella.
A rep told TMZ.com at the time that Dr. Dre asked Tupac’s mom for her OK before creating the hologram and that he made a donation to the rapper’s charity .
One celebrity estate that’s already given their OK to move ahead with the hologram? Elvis Presley Enterprises. They gave the greenlight for Digital Domain Media Group to use his image for films, TV and other shows.
See Virtual Marilyn sing “Bye, Bye Baby”:
Brooklyn indie band Real Estate’s 2009 debut album was never actually meant to be an album. It was just a scattered assortment of songs.
Now, their track “It’s Real” made the cut for the album that Zia Records handed out for Record Store Day.
The guidebook that accompanies the CD has a short profile of Real Estate, who made their Coachella debut this year.
“Festivals are cool because you see people you look up to just walking around,” guitarist and vocalist Martin Courtney told www.recordstoreday.com.
“Hopefully, we’ll get to see Snoop Dogg twice. I’ve been a fan of Radiohead since middle school. Girls are cool — we just played with them — and the Shins, that should be weird and cool. There’s a million bands I’ve never heard of.”
Real Estate hits the Gobi tent at 4:10 p.m.
Fun fact about French electronic duo Justice: The first albums they ever bought were “Doggystyle” by Snoop Dogg and “Nevermind” by Nirvana.
Their track “On N’on” closes out the 17-track CD that the Zia Records crew handed out today at Coachella. It was compiled in honor of Record Store Day.
Inside the guidebook that accompanies the CD, Justice answers a few quick questions. Here’s our favorite:
You’ve performed at Coachella multiple times. What advice would you give to a first-timer?
Justice: We don’t really have any advice to give. Although it’s one of the biggest festivals on earth, it’s a festival still, and probably the most fun to attend and perform, so the only thing would be to relax and enjoy being here.
Justice takes the main stage at Coachella at 7:45 p.m.
With only hours to go until Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hit the main stage again to wrap up Coachella 2012, few out here are wondering about their all-star guests like Eminem and 50 Cent.
That’s because the headliners themselves arethe all-star guests.
In a brief but amazing insider piecefrom RollingStone, the hip-hop and rap legends’ friends say the festival performance meant relieving “how we used to get down together.”
They also talk about the realistic hologram of Tupac Shakur — and how its debut in Indio made Dre “ecstatic” and has spurred talk of a joint tour.
See our previous coverage of Tupac here, including details about the international buzz it sparked, how they made it and how much it cost.)
“I got emotional, just tripping off it,” Warren G told RollingStone.com. “I was saying to myself, ‘Dr. Dre, he always knows how to do game-changers.’ That’s what I love about him.”
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hit the Empire Polo Grounds again at 10:35 p.m. tonight to wrap up the two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Other acts that are worth your while: The Hives, Girl Talk and Florence + the Machine.
Before we get to today’s set times, a scheduling note: While most of Coachella set times have been unchanged since last weekend, almost all of Sunday’s Sahara Tent performances start a little earlier today than they did a week ago.
MyCoachella’s Kate McGinty notes that this keeps AVICII from competing with the headliners.
Here are today’s Coachella set times, with band names linked to past coverage and top picks italicized:
Mantastique 1 to 1:40 p.m.
Band of Skulls 2:05 to 2:55 p.m.
Santigold 3:25 to 4:15 p.m.
Fitz and the Tantrums 4:45 to 5:35 p.m.
The Hives 6:05 to 6:55 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks and winner of Sonya English’s award for best stage presence)
Justice 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
At The Drive-In 9:10 to 10 p.m.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg 10:35 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks)
Sleeper Agent 12 to 12:30 p.m.
Lissie 12:50 to 1:30 p.m.
Metronomy 2 to 2:40 p.m.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 3:10 to 3:55 p.m.
The Growlers 4:20 to 5:05 p.m.
Wild Flag 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
The Weeknd 6:55 to 7:45 p.m.
Girl Talk 8:25 to 9:15 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks)
Florence + the Machine 9:45 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks)
Alf Alpha 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fanfarlo 12 to 12:35 p.m.
Housse de Racket 12:55 to 1:30 p.m.
Le Butcherettes 1:55 to 2:40 p.m.
Greg Ginn and the Royal We 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Real Estate 4:10 to 4:55 p.m.
Thundercat 5:20 to 5:55 p.m.
Gaslamp Killer 6 to 6:45 p.m.
The Airplane Boys 7:10 to 7:55 p.m.
Company Flow 8:20 to 9:10 p.m.
DJ Shadow 9:40 p.m.
Tyler Uppercut 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gardens & Villa 12:05 to 12:45 p.m.
Oberhofer 1:10 to 1:50 p.m.
First Aid Kit 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Wild Beasts 3:25 to 4:10 p.m.
Beats Antique 4:35 to 5:25 p.m.
araabMUZIK 5:50 to 6:40 p.m.
Gotye 7:10 to 8 p.m.
Beirut 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.
Modeselektor 9:45 p.m.
Jimbo Jenkins 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Mogan Page 12 to 12:50 p.m.
NOISIΛ 12:55 to 1:45 p.m.
Zedd 1:55 to 2:45 p.m.
Flux Pavilion & Doctor P 2:55 to 3:50 p.m.
Porter Robinson 4:05 to 5 p.m.
Dada Life 5:15 to 6:10 p.m.
Nero 6:30 to 7:40 p.m.
Calvin Harris 8 to 9:10 p.m.
AVICII 9:40 p.m.
Check your Coachella line-ups, y’all.
When Avicii hits the Sahara tent on Sunday, it will be at 9:40 p.m.
Now, the Swedish DJ won’t compete with headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at 10:35 p.m. like he did last weekend.
Thanks for the heads up from another Coachella artist:
One question remains: Will either act have all-star guests on stage?
Snoop Dogg talked to TV show The Insider at the premiere for the film “Marley” about his and Dr. Dre‘s Coachella performance with the recreated image and voice of Tupac Shakur.
“It took us a little time to get it right, but it was all in the spirit of love and bringing back the true spirit of one of the greatest hip-hop legends of all time,” Snoop Dogg says at roughly the three-minute mark of this video:
I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to know what’s in store for Weekend 2 of Coachella.
Fans will want their own experience, not simply a rehash of spoiled surprises from last weekend — but the first weekend was so hot, that we’re sure they’ll want to see somev of these iconic moments recreated, too.
Here’s my Top 10 Moments of Coachella (weekend one). What do you think?
10. Rapper and producer Tyler, the Creator joined up-and-comer Frank Ocean onstage for a rendition of their collaboration, “Analog 2.”
9. M83 rocked the tent so hard that front man Anthony Gonzalez crashed to the ground stomach first, then posted on Facebook: “”I think I saw Katy Perry dancing on midnight city yesterday night. Katy, let me write your next album:)”
8. Grouplove paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing her 1987 hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
7. Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson sprinted down the center aisle and climbed the media tower in the crowd, hamming it up by singing directly into the camera.
6. Actor and Coachella regular David Hasselhoff stole the show during Arctic Monkeys’ set when his face flashed onto the big screen, almost immediately landing The Hoff on the Twitter trending list (and stayed there!).
5. Gotye hit the Mojave tent one night after playing Saturday Night Live, and tens of thousands of fans sang along as Kimbra joined him onstage for their single “Somebody That I Used to Know.
4. Rihanna — who later had the words “Thug life” scrawled across her stomach in an ode to Tupac — joined DJ Calvin Harris to sing their hit “We Found Love” while pal Katy Perry crowd surfed.
3. Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander dropped his pants in an, um, intimate move with his guitar, the one and only X-rated move on stage over the weekend.
2. Usher jumped onto David Guetta’s DJ booth to surprise fans with a brief but delicious tease — less than a minute performance of their hit single, “Without You.”
1. Superstars Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and even Wiz Khalifa with his giant joint were completely upstaged when the legendary Tupac — the rapper shot and killed 15 years ago — showed up.
And a (dis)honorable mention for The Moment That Wasn’t:
AVICII rocked the Sahara tent hard — but without the “amazing,” “mind blowing” and “surprising” experience (Madonna rumors, anyone?) the DJ and his camp hyped for days.