Without the eye candy of lasers at rock shows, fans would notice mistakes such as the drummer's missed fills and the singer's tendency to refer to every city as Cleveland. Remain blissfully unaware with today’s GrouponLive deal to see The Pink Floyd Experience at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. For $17, you get one ticket for reserved mid-balcony seating on Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m. (a $35 value).
The senses are stuffed with aural and visual excess as The Pink Floyd Experience recreates the sonic mind expansion and visceral enlightenment of a real Pink Floyd show. The band of highly trained virtuosos does justice to its subject like a jury of smitten rock critics, nailing every note and nuance of Pink Floyd’s signature sound as they soar through the seminal 1975 album Wish You Were Here in its entirety. Exploring darker themes such as deceit in the music industry and the mental entropy of former bandmate Syd Barrett, Wish You Were Here has been universally recognized by critics and audiences alike as an emotionally resonant masterpiece. Alongside the menacing synthesizers of "Welcome to the Machine" and the melancholy strumming and cracked vocals of the record's title track, The Pink Floyd Experience floods ear canals with a lineup of greatest hits from other legendary albums, such as "Money" and "Time" off of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall's "Comfortably Numb." The spectacle is replete with metamorphic lasers and lighting, avant-garde screen projections, and an anti-gravitation pink pig, giving fans the closest thing to seeing a Pink Floyd show without being miniaturized and injected into their uncle’s subconscious.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.