TLC Plans Reunion Tour, New Album
In honor of the 20th anniversary of TLC, surviving members Tionne " T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas have a new album, a VH1 made-for-TV movie series, and a reunion tour in the works. A reunion tour may seem unfathomable without the group's late third member, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, which is why the duo has decided to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Dre and his revolutionary Coachella performance.
Just days after Tupac Shakur's visual resurrections, today marks the 10th anniversary of Left-Eye's tragic and untimely death. T-Boz and Chilli have announced that in celebration of their anniversary, Left-Eye will be gracing the reunion tour stage through image projections on a big screen -- however, the duo intends to use archival footage, not a newly generated digital performance.
"The word anniversary means a celebration. For us, her death will never be a celebration, it's still something that hurts," Watkins said in a statement, with Thomas adding, "Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member. We love her and we miss her and that isn't ever going to change."
According to TMZ, the major U.S. tour, which has already slated nights in five major cities, is set to commence later this year, while Chilli tells Essence, "We'll have new music right after the movie drops."