By Sarah Haber | November 5, 2021
David Gilmour’s 12-string chord progression echoes through the speakers emulating a car stereo. As the crisper second guitar joins in, the audience sits in silence.
Each in their own headspace, each on their own journey, and each soaking in the soft raspy baritone of Gilmour beginning “Wish You Were Here.” Displayed on the screen is a chronological tribute to fallen rock legends including Elvis Presley, John Lennon and David Bowie. Some cry, others clap in awe and recall their own musical memory lane. Without the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, none of this would be possible.
On Friday, November 12, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show will return to Arizona. Founded in 1986, the show uses lasers, large-screen video projection, 3D technology, and lighting effects to create the ultimate viewer experience.
Creator Steve Monistere says, “each song has its own theme, story and look to back up the Pink Floyd song message.” The large screen video projection works in unison with the lasers and music telling a story with each song.
Clocking in at two hours, the show has a 20-minute intermission after 45 minutes. The final half is just over an hour. Monistere sees a crowd who is a mix of die-hard fans, grandparents bringing their grandchildren, and younger people just getting into the band’s music. The imagery is meant to “open the minds” of the audience.
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is the longest-running touring theater show. Monistere says he is driven by more than keeping Pink Floyd’s legacy alive.
“I just do my work and make sure people are happy,” Monistere says.
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 12
Where: Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe
Cost: Tickets start at $35
Info: 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com