Debut Show: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon
There is good news for everyone who fondly remembers laser-rock shows in the old Vanderbilt Planetarium. Until three years ago, the Planetarium was low-tech – and so were the shows – until its much-needed renovation, technological update and re-opening as a state-of-the-art educational facility and showplace in early 2013.
In June, to complement the Konica Minolta GeminiStar III projection system that includes full-dome video and surround-sound, the Vanderbilt will unveil a cutting-edge SkyLase laser light-show system and entertainment programs from Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc. (AVI).
First on the playbill will be Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” which will debut Friday, June 3, and be shown Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. throughout the summer.
This show, based on the 1973 album of that name, is the band’s most commercially successful work and has sold more than 50 million copies.
Joanne Young, managing director of AVI, said “Dark Side of the Moon,” which used psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds to explore humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, “is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time.”