If you heard about the upcoming Ol' Dirty Bastard hologram at Rock the Bells and cringed, you weren't the only one. The late Wu-Tang Clan rapper's widow, Icelene Jones, was rather irate when she found out her late husband would be returning to stage via hologram (err, excuse us, "original virtual performance.")
But it seems her cease and desist order has nothing to do with uneasiness about resurrecting a deceased performer for profit—she's just mad they didn't ask her first.
“I am disappointed that Rock the Bells would not contact me directly about the use of my husband’s image," said Jones. "I’m the administrator [of his estate] and the only authority to give anyone permission to do anything like this. They need to come to me. I’m so available. I’m accessible. I’m easy to contact. I just want to make that understood. I’m a nice person. It’s just that people are doing things without my knowledge."
It's worth noting that ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, was present at the press conference earlier this week. And RTB organizer/Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg told Fuse that RZA himself would direct OBD's virtual performance.
Rock the Bells told HipHopDX they are "aware of the cease and desist order and will release a more in-depth statement next week."