Immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists as their songs come alive in a 360-degree environment of light and sound!
The McDonnell Planetarium’s Laser Show Series fuses music, laser artwork, immersive lighting, and 3D-atmospheric effects to create an unforgettable live experience.
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Lasers will return in October 2021.
Tickets On Sale October 1.
Upcoming Laser Light Shows
Friday, October 22
Sunday, October 24
Monday, October 25
Thursday, October 28
Friday, October 29
Saturday, October 30
Laser Show Playlists
90's Alt Rock
Experience the top alternative rock songs of the 1990’s! Featuring the music of Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, and more.
Runtime: 47 minutes
|Rage Against the Machine||Bulls On Parade|
|Girl Against Boys||Park Avenue|
|Foo Fighters||Monkey Wrench|
|Alice in Chains||Would|
|The Chemical Brothers||Block Rockin’ Beats|
|White Zombie||More Human Than Human|
Take a trip down memory lane with The Fab Four and enjoy favorites such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Yesterday, Here Comes the Sun, and more. Sing-a-long to these classic songs as you are transported back to a lost time and re-experience the evolution of this musical phenomenon.
Runtime: 45 Minutes
|Magical Mystery Tour|
|I Wanna Hold Your Hand|
|Twist & Shout|
|A Hard Day’s Night|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band|
|A Day in the Life|
|Here Comes the Sun|
|Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds|
|Strawberry Fields Forever|
Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season…if you dare! Featuring the music of Michael Jackson, The Who, Alice Cooper and more. Also includes a horror movie medley featuring music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Halloween, Insidious, and more.
Runtime: 46 minutes
|Blue Oyster Cult||Godzilla|
|Boris Pickett||Monster Mash|
|Warren Zevon||Purple People Eater|
|The Who||Boris the Spider|
|John Williams||Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|Will Smith||Men in Black|
|Weird Al Yankovic||Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters|
|Johnathan Coulton||Re: Your Brains|
|Oingo Boingo||Dead Man’s Party|
|Black Sabbath||Iron Man|
|Horror Movie Medley||“Theme From Nesferatu, Psycho, Jaws, Halloween, Insidious”|
|Edgar Winters Group||Frankenstein|
|Charlie Daniels Band||Devil Went Down to Georgia|
|Alice Cooper||Feed My Frankenstein|
Can you feel it coming? Rock out to your favorite tracks by Phil Collins and Genesis in this laser show! Featuring In the Air Tonight, Sledgehammer, Mama and more.
Runtime: 43 Minutes
|Turn It On Again|
|Tonight, Tonight, Tonight|
|Land of Confusion|
|Follow You, Follow Me|
|In The Air Tonight|
Experience your favorite hits from the Grateful Dead come alive in laser light! Featuring Truckin’, Touch of Gray, Sugar Magnolia, and more.
Runtime: 55 minutes
- Touch of Grey
- Fire on the Mountain
- Friend of the Devil
- Sugar Magnolia
- Uncle John’s Band
- Me and My Uncle
- Scarlet Begonias
- One More Saturday Night
Rock on! This classic laser show features the rock hits of David Bowie, ZZ Top, Rush, and more.
Runtime: 43 minutes
|Ozzy Osbourne||Crazy Train|
|Foreigner||Juke Box Hero|
|David Bowie||Suffragette City|
|Yes||Long Distance Runaround|
|ZZ Top||La Grange|
|Emerson, Lake & Palmer||From the Beginning|
|Motorhead||Ace of Spades|
Relive the psychedelic and rock hits of Led Zeppelin accompanied with out-of-this-world laser and lighting effects. Featuring their greatest hits like Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, Stairway to Heaven, and more.
Approximate Runtime: 52 Minutes
|Song Remains the Same|
|Over the Hills and Far Away|
|Good Times, Bad Times|
|Livin’, Lovin’ Maid|
|Stairway to Heaven|
|Whole Lotta Love|
|Rock -n- Roll|
Considered to be one of the pioneering groups in what would become the heavy metal genre, rock out to Metallica’s greatest hits, including Master of Puppets, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Enter Sandman, and more
Approximate Runtime: 52 Minutes
- For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Ain’t My Bitch
- Nothing Else Matters
- Master of Puppets
- Unforgiven II
- Sad But True
- Enter Sandman
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political, and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most popular and mind-bending light concerts of all time! Featuring the entire groundbreaking album including songs like Breathe, Money, and Any Colour You Like.
Runtime: 43 Minutes
|Speak to Me|
|On the Run|
|The Great Gig in the Sky|
|Us and Them|
|Any Colour You Like|
We will rock you! Immerse yourself in the greatest hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen in this legendary laser show! Featuring Another One Bites the Dust, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more.
Approximate Runtime: 46 Minutes
|We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions|
|Don’t Stop Me Now|
|Another One Bites The Dust|
|I Want To Break Free|
|Princes Of The Universe|
|The Show Must Go On|
Laser Show Frequently Asked Questions
What are laser shows?
Laser shows are like going to a concert but without the band! We fuse popular music, real-time laser artwork, immersive 360-degree lighting, and 3D-atmospheric effects to bring your favorite music to life like you have never seen it before.
Didn’t you used to do laser shows?
Yes! Laser shows were a favorite attraction at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium for generations of St. Louisans. Our new shows bring lasers into the 21st century by featuring the newest laser projectors available and the addition of 3D-atmospheric effects that allow the laser beams to be seen above the audience in mid-air!
Are laser shows outside?
No, our laser shows take place inside the comfort of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. We are home to the largest fulldome laser show in the United States!
Are laser shows suitable for children?
This depends on the show and your child. Laser shows feature loud music and flashing lights in the dark environment of the Planetarium that may be scary for young children. Some shows feature music and lyrics intended for an adult audience and may include profanity. We do not prohibit children, but viewer discretion is advised.
I am sensitive to flashing lights; should I see a laser show?
Laser shows feature flashing lights and loud music. We do not recommend laser shows if you are sensitive to light or sound.
Laser Shows take place in the Star Bay, located on the 2nd floor of the Planetarium. Access is available through the stairs or elevator from the main Planetarium lobby.
Members stargaze for free.
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Elevators and ramps serve all public areas of the McDonnell Planetarium.
We also offer hearing assist devices for Planetarium star shows. When ordering tickets, please let your reservationist know you’re interested in a hearing assist device, or speak with a Planetarium team member before your program begins.