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Event Review: The Pink Floyd Laser Sepctacular
The Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, June 17, 2006
By Matthew S. Robinson
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2006-07-06
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Event: The Pink Floyd Laser Sepctacular
Venue: The Bank of America Pavilion
Date: Boston – June 17, 2006

Though it started later than most Bank of America Pavillion shows (in order to ensure sufficient darkness to allow the lasers, lights, projections, and other effects to be seen in all their hypnotic glory), with no band to wait for, this Pink Floyd show started

And as the crowd stumbled in (some literally), they were made privy to proof of the long-legend ties between the seminal album Dark Side of the Moon and its alleged visual counterpart, the film “The Wizard of Oz” (and also the Frtiz Lang classic “Metropolis” during “Us & Them”).

From digitized butterflies floating by during “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the brilliant greens and gold of the yellow brick road being revealed as the registers of “Money” rang, some of the at times assisted relations were easier to comprehend than others.

But as the entire album burst forth from a bevy of speakers and with the sensorial support of the aforementioned effects, Dark Side took over not only the ears, but the eyes and the bass-shaken body as well. In addition to spirals and dry ice-supported laser waves (all of which were enhanced by spectrum-splicing “laser glasses”), the show also offered such realistic images as clocks (“Time”), dollar bills and devils (“Money”) and…Beavis and Butthead(?!)

Part two of the show was “Wall”-centric (complete with film clips and laser images of the many of Gerald Scarfe’s amazing animated characters), but it also included such Floyd faves as a reintroduction to “Welcome to the Machine,” a soaring “Learning to Fly,” and a sing-along “Wish You Were Here.”

After wishing Boston farewell with “Goodbye Cruel World,” the laserologist(?) launched into the instant encore of “Run Like Hell,” sending the crowd to the exits with Floyd-ian bombast and energy.

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