'Virtual' Eazy-E, Ol' Dirty Bastard to perform at Rock the Bells
Known for his infectious stage presence, Ol' Dirty Bastard (pictured in 2003) is slated to appear at the Rock the Bells festival.
May 15th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

'Virtual' Eazy-E, Ol' Dirty Bastard to perform at Rock the Bells

"When you take north, east, west, south/and put it all together and it spell newwwwws!" Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Brooklyn Zoo II"

Know what else spell(s) news? A star-powered hip-hop festival announcing that two rap legends - not figurative legends, mind you; one's been dead eight years, the other 18 - will perform this fall.

Rock the Bells announced Wednesday that Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E (aka Russell Jones and Eric Wright) will take the stage during the festival's 10th anniversary performances.

ODB will perform with his former group, Wu-Tang Clan, while Eazy-E will join his old pals from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

How, you're asking, might Ol' Dirty shimmy shimmy ya onto the stage when he died of a drug reaction in a New York recording studio in 2004? And didn't Eazy die of AIDS complications in 1995?

Indeed, but there won't be any seances. The two will appear as virtual images - not holograms. It will be more along the lines of Tupac Shakur's performance last year at Coachella, and less like Obi-Wan or Jessica Yellin.

The latter, of course, were holograms, while 'Pac appeared on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre via a stage technique called Pepper's Ghost that dates to the 16th century. (Ars Technica explains how the optical illusion works.)

Guerilla Union founder Chang Weisberg, whose organization pulls together Rock the Bells, explained to Vibe magazine that the Tupac performance was the inspiration for this year's resurrection of Eazy and Dirt McGirt.

Weisberg told Vibe that when 'Pac began performing "Hail Mary" at Coachella, he was entranced.

Likewise, ODB's mom, Cherry Jones, told Rolling Stone that she was amazed to see her son brought back to life, so to speak.

"Last night was the first time I saw it, and to me, it was so wonderful to stand by him again," she told the magazine. "I don't know how I'm going to react - they'll have to carry me off, but I think it's amazing. I want to sing with it."

She added, "This keeps the artists alive. Dirty was a great artist onstage. This is going to be something else, because he was really great onstage. ... I just want to see the look on his sister and brother's face, his children, grandchildren."

Eazy's widow, Tomica Wright, was similarly excited, telling the magazine, "To have old generations, new generations be able to experience that chemistry between ODB and Eazy and Bones – you see it on video, you see it on the Internet, but to feel it and have that sense of presence is a great experience."

Rock the Bells has four shows slated for the tour thus far, beginning in September with a stop in San Bernardino, California. The festival, known for drawing a broad range of hip-hop acts, will also include performances by Black Hippy, Common, E-40 & Too Short, Tyler the Creator, Jurassic 5, Rakim and Talib Kweli.

It's safe to assume none of them wants to follow ODB.

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  7. V.P.

    Some people will do anything for money. This idea in my humble opinion is in very poor taste. By the way ODB was such a nasty human being, I didn't care for him when he was alive. Good day folks.

    May 17, 2013 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
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  21. RattFinkk

    Hey...Dirty...Baby I got cha money!!!!

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  22. sukka3

    i am not a republican so i would not know.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  23. M.A.P.

    Republicans are so stupid.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jeff

    President Obama looks awesome in this picture. He should always wear tha cool gold jacket. It's presidential like.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Quantavius

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      May 16, 2013 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeB

      No, that's ODB. Ask your mom about him. She had relations with him.

      May 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Chris

    Why in the hell is CNN advertising this rapping trash?
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    • Peaches

      I'm not a big rap fan, or hip hop. But who would I be to to say just cause I"m not, CNN should not cover this! I

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    • OC

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  26. Jc

    That's awesome! Wish I could see it. ODB was the freakin' man!!

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  27. DK

    How can you call yourself a hip hop fan and not even know the connection between eazy e and bone? he discovered, signed, and helped release their first album before he passed.

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  28. Cymone

    Eazy e was da founder of bone thugs n harmony. He never got to see them really come together as a group and perform. As 4 Odb cnt wait to see wat happens. Whose next wit these grams hopefully michael jackson, aaliyah,left eye, or whitney huston

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  42. Jerome

    i didn't know easy e had to do with bone thugs. i thought easy e was the dude from nwa. i need to read up on that apparently. i love e1999 album. makes all the rubbish on the radio sound mentally retarded (no offense to the mentally retarded.)

    May 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacym

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    • Clint

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    • setupsareover1

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    • YepYep

      No you're right Jerome. Easy was with NWA and I don't remember what either but he did have something to do with BONE Thugs. Founder maybe?

      May 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  43. hayley

    This is sick. People need to stop abusing and using dead people to make money.

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  44. Tara

    I went to Rock the Bells (2009 I think) and had a blast. Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang (minus ODB) were the headlining. Word of advice...it is an all day festival and was hot as hell, I saw a bunch of people drunk off their asses by 2pm and passed out/puking in trash cans...drink water during the day and maybe spring for a few brews in the evening so you don't waste the $80+ you spent on admission!!

    May 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Yakobi

    (sigh) ODB didn't die "of a drug reaction", but rather from an overdose of cocaine and painkillers.

    May 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • still

      understatement perhaps, but still a drug reaction

      May 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliott C. McLaughlinCNN

      No understatement. It was from the coroner's report: http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/15/odb.autopsy/

      May 16, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
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    May 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Do you always fight racism and prejudice by spewing more racism and prejudice?

      May 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jason

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  48. Tiznizzle

    Stupid. The men are dead, let it go.

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