"It will be hard on us, but I certainly think our fans would love to see it," says Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
More than a decade after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras, the surviving members of TLC are planning a new album and a reunion tour in which Lopes could play a long-rumored starring role as a hologram.
“The hologram is something we talked about and thought about years ago. Obviously timing is everything, but we’re definitely talking about it,” Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas tells the U.K.’s Metro newspaper.
The idea to resurrect Lopes, who was 30 when she died, for stage shows was rumored last spring, after a hologram of Tupac Shakur wowed audiences at Coachella. But this is the first time the band members admit they are considering it.
“It will be hard on us, but I certainly think our fans would love to see it,” says Thomas, 41. “I think we would probably pass out, and all of our fans would break down, but it’s amazing how real the hologram looks. It’s almost like you can touch the person.”
As for the new album, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins says it will be classic TLC, with some fine tuning. “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” she tells the BBC.
“We have to get into the studio and start feeling how we feel,” adds Watkins, 42. “You have to find yourself first, and then you find the path, and then you have an album before you know it.”
There is no time line yet for the new album or tour. Thomas and Watkins are also working on a TLC biopic for VH1.