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Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Though Waters, Gilmour, & Company are no longer touring as a band (their last appearance was at Live 8 in the summer of 2005), Floyd fans have a good opportunity to experience the band's music in a theatrical format in this show that covers the band's career, from classics like The Dark Side of The Moon (with visual imagery from The Wizard of Oz) and The Wall to tunes from discs like Atom Heart Mother and Wish You Were Here. The concept of the show — created about 20 years ago by Steve Monistere (who started out producing jazz and blues concerts in Texas) and laserist Tim Walsh — is to bring the songs to life by using laser-generated images played on a screen where other film clips roll. The result is impressive, and the only thing you miss is having an actual live band onstage. Audiences enjoy the gimmick, which has been consistently touring for more than 20 years now. The music is, of course, the soul of the show, and attendees are encouraged to sing along with timeless tunes that have become part of not only the soundtrack of an era, but also of an entire generation of fans who followed the group throughout the years.
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