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The surviving members of TLC are planning their first tour in ten years. Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins say that they will bring along a hologram of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, who died ten years ago.
According to The BBC, Thomas and Watkins attended the Mobos Awards in Liverpool, where they made the surprising announcement.
“We're going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” Watkins said, confirming that they are working on new material.
TLC was one of the biggest groups in the US during the 1990s, but Lopes’ death in 2002 halted their career. Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras at age 30 and the rest of the group did complete 3D. Since then, though, TLC has rarely recorded.
Rolling Stone reports that they were asked if they could fit in the current pop landscape. “We've always grown throughout the years and have always had our own sound. That's what works for us and we don't have to worry about anybody else,” Watkins replied.
Thomas spoke with Metro, confirming that they would like to tour with a Lopes hologram. “The hologram is something we talked about and thought about years ago, obviously timing is everything but we’re definitely talking about it,” she told the publication.
Thomas said that it would be strictly for the fans, even if it will be hard for her and Watkins to perform with their deceased band member.
“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,” she explained. “It’s great but spooky at the same time but we’re definitely thinking about it.”
People notes that they have not released any specific information as to when a tour would take place or when a new album will be released. However, Thomas and Watkins are currently executive producing a VH1 biopic about the group.