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Laser Show Will Light Up Opera House

Fri., Feb. 24, 1995

It’s time to break out those special, super-duper, light-refracting, 3-D glasses once again kids, because the Pink Floyd Laser Show is returning to an Opera House near you.

The Pink Floyd show has become something of a misnomer since the format has been expanded to include other top groups of the so-called classic rock genre, but the basics are unchanged: a state-of-the-art stereo system spills a flood of late-‘60s and early -‘70s music into the Opera House at ear-splitting volumes while a bank of computers directs a symphony of laser beams at three huge onstage screens.

Well, symphony is probably not exactly the right word, since many of these images are silhouettes of naked women - sort of like a high-tech version of the infamous mudflaps - and other, more abstract shapes with names like “The Rainbow Cone,” “The Tornado” and “The Star Burst.”

According to the somewhat breathless literature the laser show people used to distribute, the “Argon and Krypton Lasers merge to create the most brilliant colors in the universe.”

Maybe - but it’s hard to tell, because the “asteroid fog” tends to obscure things a little.

The shapes that fill the screen are meant to evoke some sort of relationship to the trippy music, most of it from such bands as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

The light-refracting glasses sold in the lobby blur the sharp-edged images for a headier, stony effect.

The original laser light shows were held in planetariums and invariably featured Pink Floyd’s atmospheric album, “Dark Side of the Moon.”

xxxx Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Location and time: Opera House, Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $18.50 and $15.50

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