Trip the Light Fantastic

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters wrote The Wall after a tour in which he felt isolated from audiences. He saw them merely as barbiturate-laden barnacles clinging to the band and viewing what he considered art as simply a good soundtrack for their lava lamps. In effect, an actual barrier was being erected between the band and its fans. Ironically, Pink Floyd's elaborate light shows, which it began using at concerts during the band's early, swinging London days, only strengthened that wall. Instead of enhancing the band's image, the light show in due time became the band's image. Now Pink Floyd is so secondary to the theatrics that Waters, plus Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour, are no longer required; just need their music complemented by some lasers and strobes.

While Pink Floyd's most popular album is probably the moody and dynamic Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall is responsible for launching these well-traveled laser light shows set to its music. Combining music from the original album with dialogue and sound effects from the band-sponsored movie, Pink Floyd: The Wall, which was based on Waters' lyrics, these ready-to-go theatrical presentations almost made themselves. And merely moving the listener from listening to The Wall with the bong and black light poster to a theater for the laser light show was even easier, creating a cult following that even Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight movie devotees could envy. See for yourself when Paramount's LaserSpectacular lands at the Majestic Theatre on Saturday for a one-night stand.

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Mark Hughes