Left Eye 10-Year Death Anniversary: TLC Rapper Remembered, Group Plans Tour, New Album, Biopic
“The word anniversary means a celebration,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins said in a statement as she remembered her former TLC bandmate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, 10 years after her tragic death. “For us her death will never be a celebration — it’s still something that hurts,” she added. Lopes was killed on April 25, 2002, in a car accident in Honduras. She was just 30 years old.
As Watkins and other surviving TLC member Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas remember the late rapper, they revealed the plan to forge ahead with the group as a twosome. “Yes, we’re going on tour,” T-Boz told Essence. “We are in negotiations now with L.A. Reid, so we’ll see what happens. A lot of cool things are coming up.”
Chilli added that in addition to a reunion tour, the duo will record new music and drop their first album since 2002’s 3D. “Another TLC album? Yes, that’s for sure! We’ll have new music right after the movie drops,” she revealed.
The movie the singer’s referring to is a biopic about the group, which the ladies are currently working on with VH1 and is expected to be released by the end of the year. “It’s going to have to be new kids; I can’t think of anybody that can play us,” T-Boz explained. “It’s not just about looking like me or dressing like me, you have to have the attitude, the dance moves. The writer of the biopic, Kate Lanier, is amazing.”
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