Yesterday the world lost a great pioneer in music and television in general when Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82. Each year the media mogul and host of American Bandstand would bring us into the New Year, with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve.
Upon news of his death, people are wondering: how can New Year’s Eve ever be the same without Dick Clark?
Then one Coachella concert-goer had the brilliant idea that maybe they can have Hologram Dick Clark host New Year’s Rocking Eve. It was at that point that we were torn.
Should Dick Clark’s likeness be beamed into the middle of Times Square in the form of a Tupac-esque Hologram? I can honestly say, I don’t know. It’s extremely impossible for me to imagine New Year’s Rocking Eve without Dick Clark, we all must admit that… Dick Clark is New Year’s Eve.
A December 31st without Dick is like New Year’s Eve without the ball dropping, champagne and a million plus people freezing their drunk asses off in the middle of Times Square.
But at the same time, it’s a bad idea because I surely don’t want to think of death while ringing in the New Year. “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”
But the more liberal, cool side of me says a 20-something-year-old Dick Clark moving and jiving in front of the ball would be freaking awesome! While we are at it, beam down Michael Jackson, Don Cornelius and Etta James and have them perform for the crowd.
On second thought, most people will be drunk or high so that might not be the best idea. We wouldn’t want people to think they’ve died and gone to heaven while a slew of dead singers blow people’s minds. We all know drunk people don’t think straight.
It’s no doubt that life size holograms are cool, but does it walk the line of playing God and bringing people back from the dead? Maybe the Mayan calendar was just based on the amount of New Year’s Eves that Dick Clark would host.
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